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Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has had an injury-filled first two years in the NFL. Most of those injuries have been related to his shoulders, including two last season that hurt his throwing shoulder. To fix the injury issues and hopefully prevent them in the future, Stafford had surgery on his right shoulder in January. Since then he has been rehabbing and working to become 100 percent healthy, and Stafford said on Monday he is back to full health.
"I feel great," Stafford said before a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan promotional appearance at Grand Rapids Community College. "Healthwise, I feel as good as I ever have, so I’m ready to go."
Stafford is not only ready to go, but he is excited for the 2011 season. He is pumped to be healthy and to get to play with the players the Lions selected in the draft.
"I’m excited about, No. 1, being healthy going into the year and, hopefully, playing all 16 games or more," Stafford said. "We have all the core guys, major guys, coming back, which is great, and we’ve added some new guys: (Nick) Fairley and Leshoure and Young. Those are guys that we’re looking to help us out as much as they can early on, and I’m excited about it."
Stafford actually threw passes to Titus Young over the weekend. Young flew to Atlanta to work out with Calvin Johnson and Stafford, getting in some time with them before a larger contingent of players gets together for workouts this week.
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford visited his alma mater on Saturday to participate in a skills competition at halftime of Georgia’s spring football game. And judging from his performance, Stafford is recovering nicely from offseason shoulder surgery.
At one point during the contest — which included fellow former Bulldogs QBs David Greene and Eric Zeier — Stafford launched a ball 50 yards to a fan who won a charity auction bid to pair up with him. Unfortunately, the fan dropped the ball. Hopefully, that won’t happen when Stafford hooks up on a deep ball with Calvin Johnson next season (or whenever the NFL ends its lockout).
It’s nice to see that Stafford still has his rocket launcher arm after Dr. James Andrews worked on his shoulder. But as Greene told reporters, what may have been more impressive during the skills competition is the accuracy he showed in slinging balls through a tire.
“He’s such a naturally good passer that it’s good to see him back passing the ball. It was impressive watching him hit three out of five in the tire throw, which I thought was the hardest event of them all because if you touch the tire at all, it’s going to kick out.”
Stafford later talked about his rehab process and how well it’s been going:
“I’ve just been rehabbing with Dr. (James) Andrews and doing whatever he wants me to do and whatever my trainers at the rehab facility have told me to do,” he said. “It hasn’t gone too bad at all, it’s actually gone pretty well."
So far, the results speak for themselves. Yes, it was a charity event, not NFL game conditions. “Nothing too crazy,” as Stafford said himself. But it’s certainly nice to be reading about the recovering quarterback making throws and impressing observers, rather than convalescing on the sidelines and making token public appearances.
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford began throwing almost three weeks ago, two months after having shoulder surgery. Evidently, things are progressing so well in his rehab that Stafford plans to air it out for his alma mater this weekend.
The University of Georgia says Stafford and other former Bulldogs quarterbacks will take part in a skills competition during halftime of UGA’s spring football game Saturday.
At halftime of G-Day [the culmination of the football team’s spring practices], former Bulldogs David Greene, D.J. Shockley, Matthew Stafford and Zeier will participate in the Legends Quarterbacks Challenge. The quarterbacks can earn points for various skills. A contestant paired with the winning quarterback will have an opportunity to make a 25-yard pass into a barrel to win $25,000 to be split by the contestant and the Johnathan Taylor Fund.
Contestants can bid for a chance to be in the contest and catch passes from Stafford, David Greene or Eric Zeier. The Detroit News reports that the high bid to be Stafford’s partner in the contest is $350.
Gregg Rosenthal joked at Pro Football Talk that Lions coach Jim Schwartz should get into the bidding, win the auction, and make sure that Stafford doesn’t throw in the contest. (Or maybe Stafford wouldn’t be allowed to throw to Schwartz, because that would make the contest an OTA, which isn’t allowed during the NFL lockout.) There’s also a chance that Stafford will opt not to throw in the contest, and just make an appearance as a former Georgia quarterbacking star.
So if you’re down in Athens this weekend and get a chance to check out Georgia’s spring game, let us know how Stafford looks. (Hopefully, Stafford will also give us a first-hand account on Twitter.)
Stafford had surgery on his right AC joint on Jan. 21. The Detroit Free Press reported that Stafford had begun throwing via the quarterback’s Twitter account:
On his Twitter account, Stafford posted this late Wednesday: “Just got done throwin shoulder is feeling good…staying in Athens with the boys for a few more unexpected days.”
And of course in the spirit of all the love of the NFL lockout, Stafford later posted this tweet confirming further workouts:
He tweeted again later this morning: “Heading to rehab, lift, and run…never know when the owners will let us back in to start playing.”
This is great news for Lions fans, assuming that there is a season next year. Detroit was one of the hottest teams in the NFL at the end of last season despite having to play with second and third-string quarterbacks. While Drew Stanton and Shaun Hill played admirably in his absence, Stafford is the best talent at the position on the team by a longshot.
Despite the Lions assuring fans all season that surgery was not an option, Matthew Stafford underwent successful shoulder surgery on his right AC joint in Pensacola, Fla. today. The surgery was performed by renowned sports specialist Dr. James Andrews.
Originally, Dr. Andrews felt Stafford could heal adequately by continuing his rehab, but after a meeting with Dr. Andrews earlier this week it was determined that Stafford's healing process could be enhanced by going under the knife. Surgery is obviously a risky route if it's not absolutely necessary, but Dr. Andrews maintains that it turned out to be very successful:
"Matthew’s procedure (AC joint repair) today was very successful. It went very well. We now have plenty of time for a full recovery in order for him to get ready for next season. The procedure is the same one that we have successfully performed on a number of NFL quarterbacks. Matthew has one of the strongest arms in the League and I am confident that he will be as strong as ever."
Stafford will need three to four months to recover from the surgery, but the Lions fully expect him to be 100-percent healthy by the time training camp rolls around. It makes one wonder why it wasn't determined earlier that surgery could enhance the healing process, but it's better now than during training camp or, worse, next season. On January 3, Stafford told reporters he felt like he could've played in a playoff game if the Lions had made it, but something obviously regressed.
Stafford has been out ever since the Jets game. After putting the Lions in position to win, Stafford suffered a right shoulder injury in the fourth quarter and was out not only the rest of the game, but the last eight weeks of the season. So far he has missed six straight games, and after the season wraps up with contests against the Dolphins and Vikings, Stafford will have missed eight consecutive games.
Earlier in the season, Stafford missed five straight games after suffering his first right shoulder injury in Week 1 of the season. Stafford was out for a span of seven weeks, finally returning after a bye week to play the Redskins. The Lions won the game and it was Stafford's only game that he played from start to finish this season.
On the year, Stafford will have missed 13 total games, as well as an entire half in the first game of the season. Last year, he missed six games because of injuries, meaning in his first two years in the NFL Stafford will have played in only 13 games while missing 19. That's not a ratio any player wants to have.
With Stafford for sure not rehabbing with the intent of playing again this season, he will be able to concentrate on simply getting healthy for the upcoming offseason. According to Tom Kowalski, Stafford said surgery isn't an option currently and that he thinks he will be back to 100 percent health by March, when the Lions have their first OTAs (assuming there isn't a lockout, of course).
To fill Stafford's spot on the roster for the final two games of the 2010 season, the Lions signed safety Randy Phillips off the practice squad.
Matthew Stafford's return doesn't appear to be imminent, but he did continue to progress with his rehab by throwing short passes during practice today. The throws were no longer than 12 yards and he only did about a dozen of them, but at the very least it looks like he is working his way back from his second right shoulder injury of the season.
The Lions have maintained all along that they hoped to get Stafford back in the lineup before the end of the season. If there aren't any setbacks, it appears that Stafford might be ready for the final game or two, but no timetable has been established. The Lions will continue to be very cautious with Stafford's recovery.
Originally I figured the Lions would shut Stafford down for the season and look ahead to 2011, but if he is healthy enough to play, I do see the value in getting him playing time. You obviously don't want to risk injury, but the Lions need to see if Stafford can take hits without being hurt.
My original hope was that Stafford would just rehab the rest of the season and not take a chance of getting hurt again, but I'm starting to change my tune a bit. If he is completely healthy and there's no risk of suffering the same injury by rushing back, then I say play him. Getting reps and taking hits will help him get back into game shape, even if it is only for a week or two. Like I said before, you obviously don't want to risk another injury, but at some point he has to show he can stay healthy, so why not the last two games of the season?
The Detroit Lions' prized quarterback Matthew Stafford, who has missed all but a little over two games this season, said during his weekly radio interview with Mitch Albom that he expects to start throwing lightly this week.
Stafford is recovering from a second injury to his throwing shoulder, which he sustained on November 7 against the Jets. According to Dave Birkett, this puts Stafford on approximately the same timetable as the first injury, which he suffered during Week 1 against the Bears and kept him out until Week 8 against the Redskins.
If the timetables are indeed the same, that means we could see Stafford return Week 16 when the Lions play in Miami. The Lions end their season the following week when they play the Vikings at home. If Stafford plays both of the final games, which I'm all for if his shoulder is fully healthy, he still won't have a full season of NFL football under his belt before entering his third year in 2011.
Stafford saw specialist Dr. James Andrews on Monday and the Detroit Lions released a statement saying Andrews’s diagnosis was “consistent with the evaluation and diagnosis” of the team’s medical staff.
With that news, the Lions said that Stafford would continue rehabilitating his shoulder and a return this season wasn’t ruled out.
However, Mortensen also had this:
The source also said that Stafford could opt for a cortisone injection after rehabbing the shoulder during the next two weeks to see if he could return before the end of the season.
So it appears that there won’t be any decisions made for at least two weeks.
If Stafford makes progress in his rehabilitation, a cortisone shot could reduce inflammation and perhaps he could play again. But if there’s still pain, reduced range of motion and/or inability to throw a football, then Stafford would obviously be shut down and the possibility of surgery to fix the shoulder would be raised again.
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was examined today by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Alabama.
Dr. Andrews informed the team today that his evaluation of Matthew’s injury (which occurred November 7 against the New York Jets) is consistent with the evaluation and diagnosis of the Lions’ medical staff.
Matthew will continue the rehabilitation process that he began last week under the supervision of the team’s medical staff.
Just before the Lions released the pretty open-ended statement seen above, Freep beat reporter Dave Birkett said that he was told Stafford's injury will not require surgery and Stafford has a chance of returning this season after rehab.
We can reasonably infer from the statement that he doesn't need surgery, but Schwartz will never confirm anything beyond that:
Stafford will be back when he's healthy and ready. There's really no time table on it. Any speculation does a disservice to it.
I'll go ahead and be irresponsible here by saying I don't think Stafford will return this season (and it'd be irresponsible of the Lions to let him return for meaningless games at the end of the season), but even if he does return, we're most likely only going to hear, "he's on track with his rehab," up until the week he's ready to play. If the Lions knew for sure that he wasn't going to return this season, though, they would simply put him on IR, so they could get an extra roster spot. For what it's worth, they waited a couple weeks before putting him on IR last season when he had his knee and shoulder injuries.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford originally hurt his right shoulder in the second quarter of last Sunday’s game versus the New York Jets. He continued to play with the injury until being tackled and landing on the shoulder in the fourth quarter, causing him to leave the game.
Stafford is scheduled to meet with Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham on Monday to examine what’s been reported as a Grade 3 shoulder separation.
But after looking at a preliminary MRI of the shoulder, Andrews informed the Lions that the separation does not appear to be as serious as the one suffered by Sam Bradford last year at Oklahoma.
That doesn’t mean that Stafford still won’t require surgery. Obviously, far more will be known after Andrews examines the shoulder himself. Even without surgery, however, Mortensen says it would be unlikely that Stafford plays again this season.
When it's all said and done, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford may have more visits to Dr. James Andrews this year than complete games played. For the third time in the fetal-stage of his career, Stafford will pay a visit to the arm specialist on Monday to have him check out what has been reported 'irresponsibly' as a Grade 3 separation of Stafford's throwing shoulder.
"This was a visit we had scheduled all along," coach Jim Schwartz said. "Dr. Andrews has been in communication with our (medical staff). He's seen the MRI and the x-rays, but he wanted to physically evaluate him after all the swelling and soreness went down."
Schwartz followed up the glum news with a comment that aught to make Lions fans laugh and cry at the same time.
"[Stafford's] going to buy an apartment down there," Schwartz joked. Too soon, Jimmy, especially when us fans don't even know for sure what's wrong with Stafford because you're so dead set on keeping it in-house.
And guess what? We may not learn any more from Stafford's visit to Dr. Andrews because Schwartz went on to say that the visit will not necessarily lead to any immediate decision about Stafford's status for the rest of the season.
At this point, I'm banking on his season being over and just praying he doesn't need any surgery. If he does need surgery, I hope it's as minor of surgery as possible given the fact it is on his golden throwing shoulder. Don't put too much weight into my gut feeling, though, because I'm being highly irresponsible right now. I guess we can just all sit on the edges of our seats and wait for the Lions to not tell us what's going on.
Jim Schwartz may not be explicitly confirming anything in regards to Matthew Stafford or Shaun Hill's injuries, but the team's actions are speaking loud and clear. The Lions reportedly claimed QB Zac Robinson off of waivers today, pretty much guaranteeing that Stafford will not play this Sunday (as was indicated) and suggesting Hill may not be ready to start or back up Drew Stanton, either.
Zac Robinson is a rookie out of Oklahoma State where he threw for over 8,000 yards and 65 touchdowns (a handful of those to Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew). He was recently with the Seahawks practice squad, and signed when Matt Hasselback was out with a concussion.
The chances of seeing Robinson play for the Lions this weekend are slim, as he'll only have a few days to learn the playbook. However, if Shaun Hill doesn't progress with his injury, it's likely Robinson will indeed be backing up Stanton. Should Stanton get injured, though, well, Barry help us.
No timetable has been established for Matthew Stafford's return from his latest right shoulder injury, and if what happened earlier this season is any indication, no timetable will be made public, either. Even so, Tom Kowalski reported this earlier today:
The Detroit Lions fear that quarterback Matthew Stafford might be lost for the season, according to a source close to the situation, after preliminary tests showed that he has a Grade 3 separation of his right shoulder.
Stafford's right shoulder injury that kept him out during the first part of the season was a Grade 2 separation. A Grade 3 would likely keep him out for the rest of the season and force the Lions to place the former No. 1 overall pick on injured reserve.
Lions head coach Jim Schwartz was asked about this report during a radio interview. As expected, he declined to share any information with the public about Stafford's injury.
"We don’t share results of MRIs or anything else with members of the media or anybody else other than the player and the staff here," Schwartz said in his weekly radio show on WXYT 97.1-FM. "Matt wasn’t able to finish the game; he was very sore, and we’ll get him back on the field as soon as we can. And that’s been our approach with reporting injuries from the very beginning."
Although the Lions don't want to make any information about Stafford public, if he's done for the year we will obviously find out. The team would have to place him on injured reserve, ending Stafford's season. It's unclear if that move would happen this week or if additional time to gather information is necessary, but I have a feeling we'll find out if Stafford will be back at all in 2010 sometime this week.
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford left Sunday's game against the Jets late in the fourth quarter with a right shoulder injury. Stafford came down on the same shoulder that kept him out for the first part of the season and immediately appeared to be in pain. Although the fall didn't seem to be all that hard (he simply was caught from behind on a scramble and landed on the shoulder), it injured his right shoulder again, causing him to miss the final minutes of the Jets game.
Jim Schwartz said on Monday that Stafford did not aggravate the injury from earlier this season. According to what doctors told Schwartz, this is a new injury and Stafford's old injury was healed, so "it's starting over from square one." Schwartz didn't reveal too much else about Stafford's injury, declining to say how long it could keep the Lions' starting QB out.
Stafford didn't speak in detail about his injury during his appearance on Mitch Albom's radio show on Monday, but he did say that he probably will miss at least the Bills game this upcoming Sunday.
Making his weekly appearance on Free Press columnist Mitch Albom's radio show tonight, Stafford said, "I don't think so," when asked whether he expects to play Sunday at the Buffalo Bills.
Stafford had an MRI on his right shoulder on Monday. The results of the MRI will likely be sent to Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion. Andrews met with Stafford earlier in the season after the first injury. Although surgery, according to Schwartz, is not an option currently, the Lions want to get a second opinion from someone who has dealt with Stafford's injured shoulder before.
After the game, Jim Schwartz said that Stafford “is very sore,” and “it’s something we’re going to have to take a very serious look at.”
The fear here is that Stafford has seriously re-injured his throwing shoulder and will have to miss significant time, if not the rest of the season, but let’s keep our fingers crossed for the best.
The Detroit News isn’t hiding their concern, either, though:
the fact that the training staff didn’t spend a whole lot of time on Stafford on the sideline is a good indication that they might have known exactly what the injury was and that it’s likely the same injury — or one very similar — that forced Stafford to miss five games this season.
We’ll keep you posted.
When I saw this Detroit Free Press headline, I had to double-check the date; I thought it might be from before the season or last year. Nope -- October 20, 2010. That's a little over five weeks after Matthew Stafford separated his throwing shoulder in the first half of the season opener. Well, today, in a practice that seemed like a casual dry run through drills with 18 players sitting out, Stafford suited up and let everybody know his shoulder is as good as new:
"He launched one just to let everybody know he’s still got it," receiver Mike Moore said. "I think he threw it probably like 70 yards in the air … and everybody was like, 'We know he’s back.'"
After practice Stafford said nonchalantly that he feels like he's up around 100% healthy. Barring any setbacks, it looks like Stafford is officially back. Let's just hope his linemen will have his back.
Stafford, who has been out since the first game of the season with a shoulder injury, was able to give it a go for the first time since getting hurt, further indicating that he will likely play next week against the Redskins. (Detroit has a bye this week.) With Shaun Hill on the sideline watching with an injury of his own, Stafford went through all of the throwing drills, and yesterday in a day filled with interviews, including one with Pride of Detroit, Stafford indicated that he is going to play on Halloween against Washington assuming everything goes according to plan.
Interestingly, Stafford was one of only five starters on offense to actually practice. About half of the starting defense was out as well, so it was a practice filled with backups.
Matthew Stafford has been out for the Lions ever since the first game of the season, but the good news for Detroit fans is that plans calls for him to start in two weeks against the Redskins. Detroit is off next Sunday with a bye, but when they take the field again in two weeks, Stafford should be in the lineup as the starting quarterback.
Although Stafford missed a lot of time, there really wasn't a very big drop off at the quarterback position because Shaun Hill did such a good job starting. The problem now is that Hill is out with an injury of his own, so the importance of Stafford's return has been exemplified. Drew Stanton didn't look terrible against the Giants, but with him there is quite a drop off from Stafford, so it's key that Detroit gets the 2009 No. 1 overall pick back. Thankfully, it appears that if everything goes according to plan, Stafford will in fact be back on Halloween.
As you probably know by now, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is out for the fourth straight game because of his shoulder injury. Shaun Hill will start at QB for Detroit yet again, although there is some hope that Stafford could be returning soon.
It's official: Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford did indeed throw a football on Wednesday.
But don't get excited. He played three-way catch before practice, throwing soft 15-yard passes with Shaun Hill and Drew Stanton. He did not have his helmet and did not take part in practice.
It's not much, but it's progress.
Stafford wouldn't reveal what the timetable for his return is or how close he is to being back, not even to kids that asked him during an event at Ford Field on Tuesday. He, like Jim Schwartz, has been very vague about the injury throughout this whole process, so we've been left to speculate on his actions. Up until Wednesday, there wasn't much to speculate on, but Stafford actually starting to throw the ball is a promising sign in my mind.
Lions QB Matt Stafford will not play this week and I'm told a return for Week 5 is "possible," but far from certain. The Lions have a bye in Week 7, so will carefully gauge his shoulder and determine if the extra rest/recovery time makes more sense, but he is making strides
The Lions play the Rams next week and have a road game against the Giants before their bye week. If Stafford would benefit significantly from the extra few weeks off, then it makes sense to simply wait to play him until after the bye, as La Canfora pointed out. If he is healthy enough to give it a go next week, however, it may be worth playing him in one of the seemingly few winnable games on the schedule.
It will obviously all come down to where Stafford's rehab is at next week, as well as if the coaches feel if it's too much of a risk to potentially rush him back a week or two too early.
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford announced on a Detroit radio interview Monday night that he will begin throwing again this week. This will be the first time since suffering a separated shoulder that he’ll give it “a full-on go.”
"They’ve told me that I need to try to do some light throwing this week and see how it feels, and I’ll kind of take it from there," Stafford said. "I’ll throw a little bit probably tomorrow or the next day and see how it feels."
In his weekly radio appearance, coach Jim Schwartz says Stafford will do some “light throwing,” and there’s no plan to rush him back onto the field.
"I think we’re happy with where he is based on the injury that he had, and like I said as soon as he’s able to do things like that we’ll sort of cut him loose to do it but not before."
Stafford says he's not rushing himself either, "just trying to do what the doctors are telling me" with his rehabilitation.
Just an hour ago, Jim Schwartz told the Minnesota media that Matthew Stafford had not been ruled out for Sunday's game. Just minutes ago, however, he announced that Shaun Hill will start at quarterback against the Vikings.
Schwartz said Shaun Hill will make his second start this weekend. Stafford said shoulder is doing better but he hasn't tried throwing yet.
I'm not sure why Schwartz went from not ruling out Stafford to naming Hill the starter just like that, but there you have it. Hill will start again at quarterback for the Lions, and it appears Stafford's possible return will have to wait until Detroit heads to Green Bay on Oct. 3.
A concrete timetable on Matthew Stafford's return from his right shoulder injury was never established, but the general range was anywhere from two to eight weeks. Not many expect Stafford to be back on Sunday against the Vikings, which would be a return two weeks after suffering the injury, but Jim Schwartz wasn't ready to rule the Lions quarterback out today.
"I think we're open-minded on that," Schwartz said in a conference call with two Twin Cities reporters when asked about the timetable for Stafford's return from an injured throwing shoulder.
"It just really depends on how he's feeling, and if he's feeling good and throwing well, can make all the throws, then we make that decision, and if he's not, then we hold him back. But it'll be judged on him and how he's feeling -- not an artificial timetable that we set before we even knew where we were going with it."
The Lions obviously don't want to rush Stafford back, especially after many believe he was rushed back last season. Even so, if Stafford is able to make all the throws, as Schwartz said, then he could return on Sunday.
As is the case in any sport, there's always a chance a tremendous, athletic ability will never really pan out because of injuries. No matter the cause -- the build of the body, luck, both or other reasons -- some athletes are more susceptible to injuries than others. And then there are athletes who are like the Nissan Altima in the Kidzilla commercial.
After Matthew Stafford's latest injury, though -- his third injury in just over a year with the Lions -- it's only natural to wonder if the 'injury-prone' label will follow him throughout his career.
Lions head coach Jim Schwartz doesn't think it will (via MLIVE):
Schwartz said he is not concerned "as far as a pattern or anything like that. But you are concerned when your quarterback gets hit. They've all been a little bit different situation.''
Does anyone really think he'd say anything else, even if he believed otherwise? The truth of the matter is that Stafford has had three fairly serious injuries in just two seasons with Detroit. The injuries have limited him to 11 games and the latest injury could force him to miss over a month of action.
The good news is that Stafford is only 22, so he has plenty of years to prove he's not injury-prone, and he didn't have any injury problems while he was at the University of Georgia. Unfortunately, it pains me (a lot) to say that 'injury-prone' is exactly what Stafford's been thus far as a Lion.
Similar to the Lions, the Bears have their own defensive lineman that instills fear in opposing quarterbacks: Julius Peppers, and he's been doing it for years. Peppers, also a No. 2 overall draft pick, is the d-end who put a hurtin' on Matthew Stafford last Sunday near the end of the first half. As you know, Stafford will miss tomorrow's game against the Eagles and may miss over a month's worth of games as a result of that hit. But you can't hate on Peppers for doing his job; he didn't have malicious intent when sacking Stafford. In fact, he showed some concern for the young gunslinger after the game by reaching out to him:
"I just wanted to know how he was doing and what happened because he's a great young player, and I don't want to see him out for the whole year," Peppers said. "I was just checking up on him seeing if he'll be back."
It's always good to hear these sort of stories, because it proves that these athletic freaks of nature aren't just barbarians trying to kill each other. Unfortunately, I don't think that'll prevent him from easing up the next time he dominates Jeff Backus and has an open look to put a hit on a Lions quarterback.
(Side note: What did Stafford say when Peppers checked to see if he'll be back!?! Nobody seems to know that answer).
According to Adam Schefter on ESPN, Stafford has a second degree shoulder separation. Shortly after, he put the following note out on Twitter:
QB Matthew Stafford has second-degree separated shoulder; planning to visit Dr. James Andrews as early as this week. Out this week at least.
The ticker on ESPN was immediately updated with confirmation of the Lions' reports that it's not believed Stafford will need surgery, but also added a potential timeline of 4-8 weeks for his recovery.
According to Dave Birkett, Stafford denied knowing exactly what it is:
Stafford on Mitch Albom show asked about 2nd degree separation said "I haven’t heard that" from doctors. Take it for what it's worth ...
Those might be Stafford's instructions from the team, or it might be the truth. We'll know more later this week, I'm sure.
The Lions weren't exactly specific about the severity of Matthew Stafford's right shoulder, but the grain of good news is that it won't need surgery.
Here's what Jim Schwartz had to say about it (via Free Press):
"Matt’s very sore today," Schwartz said. "We’ve had some good returns from his test that it doesn’t look like surgery is going to be needed, but how much time he misses is still going to be up in the air and we’ll probably know a little bit more on Wednesday."
Injuries in sports, in the NFL especially, are kept top-secret so opposing teams don't know what they'll have to deal with in the upcoming games (or that's how I've always interpreted it).
The most interesting quote comes from Matthew Stafford, who implies he may not have to miss any time at all:
"I can’t really speak" on that report, Stafford said. "I don’t really know what I’m going to miss. I don’t know if any."
Of course, that's the same tough guy speaking who went back into the Browns game with a separated shoulder. Schwartz says the Lions are going to be careful not to bring back their 2009 No. 1 draft pick too soon. According to Killer Kowalski, Stafford is unlikely to play Sunday against the Eagles and could miss a couple more weeks, at least.
While there have been numerous reports about how long Matthew Stafford will be out because of his shoulder injury, the Lions won't know the extent of the injury until he has X-rays and an MRI today. Apparently X-rays were not taken yesterday at Soldier Field, so all of the extensive tests to determine how much time Stafford will miss are set for this morning.
Depending on which report you've seen, Stafford could miss anywhere from two to six weeks. These reports are based on speculation only, but according to Jason La Canfora, the Lions are the ones doing the speculating.
The Detroit Lions are bracing to be without Matt Stafford for four to six weeks after the quarterback suffered a shoulder injury in a season-opening loss to the Chicago Bears, according to a league source.
Right now the best-case scenario seems to be missing Stafford for only two weeks, as that would allow for him to get back in time for the Vikings game on Sept. 26. If he's out the maximum of six weeks, however, the Lions would be without Stafford until the end of October. He would end up missing five games, as the Lions' bye week falls in the sixth week of his recovery.
It remains to be seen just how severe Stafford's shoulder injury is, but let's just hope it turns out to not be as bad as originally thought. The Lions really can't afford to be without the 2009 No. 1 overall pick for long, because this is his team and especially his offense. Detroit needs Stafford.
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