Lions QB has shoulder surgery

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, Last Updated: 4:24 PM ET

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford underwent successful shoulder surgery on Friday.

The surgery was performed by acclaimed Dr. James Andrews, who repaired the AC joint of Stafford's throwing arm.

"We now have plenty of time for a full recovery in order for him to get ready for next season," Andrews said. "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."

The second-year quarterback out of Georgia had been nagged by the shoulder injury throughout the past season. He injured it during the Lions' loss to the New York Jets in Week 9, which sidelined him for Detroit's final eight games of the season.

Stafford also hurt his shoulder in Week 1 against the Bears, which relegated him to the sidelines for five weeks -- he only appeared in three games the entire season.

The former No. 1 pick has been heavily plagued by injuries during his young career and has played in just 13 of 32 possible games.


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