Lions Stafford could miss season

By Marc A. Greenberg

If you watched the New York Jets comeback win against the Detroit Lions on Sunday, you would agree that the 4th quarter tackle by Bryan Thomas on Lions Quarterback Matthew Stafford changed the game. With 5 minutes, 19 seconds left, Stafford injured his right shoulder again and was replaced.

It is being reported that Stafford could miss the remainder of the season after suffering a Grade 3 separation of his throwing shoulder, which would be worse than the Grade 2 separation he suffered in Week 1 that cost him five games.

“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,” Lions coach Jim Schwartz told WXYT-FM on Tuesday.

“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.”

Stafford said Monday that he doesn’t expect he’ll play next week, and said he needs to consult with more doctors before assessing when he can play again.

“It’s kind of frustrating to be coming back and, two games later, be knocked out again,” he said on his weekly radio program. “We’ll take it day by day and figure out what the plan is.”

Stafford has missed 11 of 24 games due to injuries since the Lions drafted him first overall in 2009.   Jets Quarterback Mark Sanchez was taken 5th in that draft.