Coach: Lions QB won't need surgery

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, Last Updated: 6:20 PM ET

ALLEN PARK, MI - Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz was vague on quarterback Matthew Stafford’s shoulder injury at a Monday press conference but did say surgery shouldn’t be necessary.

Early speculative reports put the 2009 No. 1 overall pick out 4-to-6 weeks and an ESPN report late Monday, citing a league source, said Stafford has a second-degree separation. and will visit renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews in the near future to determine a firmer timetable for his return.

While the report pushed the possible length of Stafford’s absence to eight weeks, Schwartz stuck only with the diagnosis of a “shoulder injury” Monday and said the team should know more Wednesday. Of course, that was before the news surfaced of a visit to Andrews.

Stafford left Sunday’s season-opening 19-14 loss to Chicago in the second quarter on a blind-side sack by Bears defensive end Julius Peppers. Stafford landed hard on his throwing (right) shoulder and fumbled on the play.

“No rotator cuff, no labrum,” said Stafford Monday of the initial tests that apparently ruled out surgery. “It’s obviously not fun. I’ll be back out there as soon as I can.”

The 22-year-old Stafford was 11-of-15 for 83 yards before exiting. He was limited to 10 games in his rookie campaign with an injury to his non-throwing shoulder and knee.

Shaun Hill replaced Stafford at the outset of the third quarter and ended 9- of-19 for 88 yards with an interception.


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