Stafford's season could be over

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, Last Updated: 1:43 PM ET

DETROIT -- Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford could miss the rest of the season because of his latest shoulder injury.

Stafford again injured his right shoulder during this past Sunday's game against the New York Jets when he landed on it while being tackled after a fourth-quarter scramble.

MLive.com in Michigan reported Tuesday that preliminary tests on Stafford's shoulder revealed a Grade 3 separation, an injury worse than the Grade 2 separation that the second-year signal-caller sustained in the season-opener. He sat out the next six weeks because of the first injury, missing five games thanks to Detroit's bye.

Lions head coach Jim Schwartz wouldn't elaborate on the severity of the latest injury during his Monday press conference, and didn't address the report Tuesday during his weekly radio program on WXYT-FM.

"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," Schwartz said Tuesday on his radio show. "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 is reportedly awaiting an opinion from noted sports surgeon Dr. James Andrews on the results of his latest tests and is expected to miss at least this Sunday's game against winless Buffalo.

Drew Stanton could make the start against Bills, unless Shaun Hill is recovered enough from a broken bone in his left, non-throwing forearm. Hill was hurt in an October 17 game against the New York Giants.


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