At 6-6, the Detroit Lions have no margin for error. Which means they're going to need their quarterback.

The good news is Matthew Stafford's X-rays were negative on his injured throwing hand after Sunday's 44-20 loss in Baltimore. He does not have a break, which improves the odds he'll be available when the Lions travel to Tampa next week for a game against the Buccaneers.

But given how the hand looked and felt Sunday afternoon, it's fair to wonder just how effective he'll be.

"I couldn't feel it too well, to tell you the truth. Had some, like, burning nerve pain," Stafford said after the game, his hand wrapped in a large white bandage. "I didn't know what it was going to be. But X-rays were negative."

Stafford injured the hand when he fell to the ground after cutting loose on a fourth-quarter pass. He believes he was stepped on, although he said he wasn't positive because it happened so fast.

To add insult to injury, his pass was intercepted by Marlon Humphrey, ending whatever chances Detroit had left at a comeback.

Stafford did not return to the game, the first time he's missed a snap since Week 8 of the 2015 season.