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Matthew Stafford Not Ruled Out For Vikings Game

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.