Lions QB Stafford has shoulder surgery
Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford had surgery on his throwing
shoulder Friday, and the Lions say they expect the former No. 1
draft pick to be back in time for training camp after playing only
three games last season.
Stafford’s operation was performed by renowned sports Dr. James
Andrews in Pensacola, Fla., after consultations this week. Stafford
played only one game start to finish last season. He hurt his right
shoulder in the season opener, came back for a victory over
Washington on Halloween, then injured the same shoulder again the
Stafford wasn’t able to play again. He went on injured reserve
on Dec. 24.
”After Matt hurt his shoulder in the (Nov. 7) game he was
examined by both our medical staff and Dr. Andrews. There was a
consensus at the time to proceed with a rehabilitation program and
not to have surgery,” coach Jim Schwartz said. ”After Matt’s most
recent visit to Dr. Andrews, it was determined by Dr. Andrews that
Matt’s healing process could be enhanced by undergoing surgery at
this time. … We have full confidence that Matt will be 100
percent before the start of training camp.”
Stafford, the top pick in the 2009 draft, has played in only 13
games in two seasons.
Despite Stafford’s injury woes, the Lions managed to win six
games last season, including four in a row at the end. Backup Shaun
Hill performed capably, and Drew Stanton also contributed.
There’s no telling what Detroit could accomplish if Stafford
could stay healthy. When he did play last season, he threw for six
touchdowns and one interception in 96 attempts.
Andrews called Friday’s procedure a success.
”It went very well,” he said. ”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