Lions place Stafford on IR

This is the second consecutive year the Lions have placed young quarterback Matthew Stafford on...

This is the second consecutive year the Lions have placed young quarterback Matthew Stafford on injured reserve to finish the season. (LEON HALIP/Getty Images)

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ALLEN PARK, MI - The Detroit Lions placed quarterback Matthew Stafford on injured reserve on Friday with a separated right shoulder.

It's the second consecutive year Stafford has ended his season on injured reserve after suffering knee and shoulder injuries in 2009.

"We were hopeful that he'd be able to come back," said head coach Jim Schwartz. "His rehab has been going good, but when he threw a couple weeks ago, he wasn't at the point to keep on throwing."

The 2009 No. 1 overall pick left the team's season-opening loss to Chicago on September 12 during the second quarter after getting sacked by Bears defensive end Julius Peppers.

Stafford returned for a Week 8 win over Washington, but re-aggravated the shoulder in an overtime loss against the New York Jets the following week and hasn't played since.

He appeared in only three games this season and completed 57-of-96 passes for 535 yards with six touchdowns and one interception.

The 22-year-old also had his rookie season cut short after 10 contests with a left shoulder injury.

Over 13 NFL starts, Stafford has thrown for 2,267 yards with 13 TDs and 20 interceptions.

To take Stafford's spot on the roster, the Lions promoted safety Randy Phillips from the practice squad.


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