Lions’ Stafford undergoes shoulder surgery

Jan. 21, 2011

Matthew Stafford has had surgery on his twice-injured right shoulder to speed the recovery process and ensure that the Detroit Lions quarterback will be at full health for the start of training camp.

Surgery was performed Friday by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla., after ongoing consultation between Andrews and the Lions’ training and medical staff.

Andrews called the surgery “successful” in a statement released by the Lions.

The surgery was done to repair the AC joint in his right (passing) shoulder, Andrews said.

“Matthew’s procedure (AC joint repair) today was very successful,” Andrews said in the statement. “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.”

It is the second surgery Stafford has had in his two seasons with the Lions. He had knee surgery late in his rookie season of 2009. He also had a left-shoulder injury in ’09, but surgery was not required.

The original right-shoulder injury was sustained in the 2010 opening game at Chicago, on a sack by Bears defensive end Julius Peppers. Stafford missed five starts before returning to start two games