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Lions fear that Stafford will miss as little as 2-3 weeks, as many as 4-6 weeks

With Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford suffering an injury to his throwing shoulder in the regular-season opener, the early word filtering out of the Detroit organization is that the team believes Stafford will miss two-to-three weeks, at a minimum.

Depending on the results of the MRI, the team fears that Stafford will miss up to four-to-six weeks.

The Lions’ next six games includes games against the Eagles, Vikings, Packers, Rams, and Giants.  Detroit’s bye comes in Week Seven.

UPDATE:  A source close to Stafford describes the team’s concern as “all speculation at this point.”  X-rays were not taken at the game because the Lions had no access to a machine at Soldier Field.  X-rays and an MRI will be performed in the morning.

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26 Responses to “Lions fear that Stafford will miss as little as 2-3 weeks, as many as 4-6 weeks”
  1. odds75to1 says: Sep 12, 2010 5:29 PM

    Seriously, this is all on Jeff Backus (Sackus) and those who have defended him as a pro-bowl type LT all these years can KMA and tell Stafford how good you still think he is!

  2. steelers rule says: Sep 12, 2010 5:30 PM

    Another SOFT SEC player! Only tough guy from SEC is Hines Ward!

  3. faulkn22 says: Sep 12, 2010 5:33 PM

    Well, thanks to the Pettigrew pick, they have to draft a tackle next year instead of a corner. Backus got owned..
    PS: Refs stole the game from the Lions. It hurt to watch that, as a fan of the NFL in general.

  4. orangecrushd13 says: Sep 12, 2010 5:33 PM

    Ouch and I thought that Detroit had a chance to be decent this year(6 to 8 wins)

  5. rovibe says: Sep 12, 2010 5:37 PM

    Restore the SORE.

  6. GOLions81 says: Sep 12, 2010 5:48 PM

    Cant get a break

  7. JerryDignan says: Sep 12, 2010 5:50 PM

    Wow. That could really impact their playoff chances.

  8. I_Hate_Yams says: Sep 12, 2010 5:52 PM

    Dude is a China doll.

  9. KD says: Sep 12, 2010 5:54 PM

    What is Stafford made of? Porcelain?

  10. Deacon Blues says: Sep 12, 2010 5:55 PM

    Pettigrew over Oher…
    the gift that just keeps on giving

  11. natelan says: Sep 12, 2010 5:59 PM

    Bummer, I was hoping for him and the lions to do well this year.

  12. Lou Stools says: Sep 12, 2010 6:03 PM


  13. says: Sep 12, 2010 6:16 PM

    The Bears dont have a machine for the visiting team? What a joke just like the refs call at the end of the game

  14. JaggedMark says: Sep 12, 2010 6:21 PM

    Florio, you’re doing a bad job.
    U always find axes to grind.
    How ’bout grinding on the inconsistency in place for how running backs merely have to break the plane with the ball, yet wide receivers have to seemingly have to have the ball past the plane, and then get up and take pictures and sign autographs, before giving the ball up. The inconsistency sucks.

  15. Visible says: Sep 12, 2010 6:23 PM

    I’m a big Stafford fan…but it’s looking like his body cannot hold up to the brutal hits a QB takes. He has played 11 games and has been knocked out of 3 of them. He will never be anything if he is getting hurt on a regular basis like this.
    AND….BACKUS is Terrible!!!

  16. JaggedMark says: Sep 12, 2010 6:26 PM

    Another SOFT SEC player! Only tough guy from SEC is Hines Ward!
    Hines Ward? I remember that guy missing a ton of games.

  17. BDiddy says: Sep 12, 2010 6:29 PM

    So in other words, he’ll miss 2-6 weeks. What is this at least 2-3 but no more than 4-6 crap? Did Rosenthal write that headline?

  18. GBfanForever says: Sep 12, 2010 6:52 PM

    I like what stafford brings and but he strikes me as a tough guy who’s body can’t match his mindset.

  19. redscare says: Sep 12, 2010 6:56 PM

    I said it before, in these boards, but I have a bad feeling about this NFL season, in general. Look at the craziness already – Sanders, Kolb, Stafford, the Lions non-catch, that Twilight-Zone second half of Saints-Vikings, etc. – there’s some kind of bad mojo going on here.

  20. Joe Williams says: Sep 12, 2010 6:58 PM

    Who cares who is playing QB when your OC forgets Calvin Johnson is in the game until it’s Hail Mary time? Pretty sure Detroit drafts a LT with their top 5 pick this year…

  21. redscare says: Sep 12, 2010 7:04 PM

    @JaggedMark –
    I understand your frustration, but there is a difference between the two situations.
    Scoring a touchdown is a player with possession of the ball crossing the goal line. A runner, pretty much by definition, already has possession of the ball from the moment the play starts. So by the time they get to the plane of the goal, their possession has already been established.
    But a receiver who catches the ball in the end zone doesn’t have any possession of the ball before that instant, and has to completely take possession to meet the criteria for a score.
    If a runner bobbles the handoff and never gets the ball under control, they fail to score as well. And if a receiver catches the ball outside the end zone and then runs or dives in, they get the same benefit of the doubt that runners do.
    It does seem like more of a burden is put on receivers in end zone passes, but if it was any easier to rule catches touchdowns, teams would fling anything they could at the end zone. I can’t see a better solution, as much as situations like today’s stink.

  22. CanadianVikingFan says: Sep 12, 2010 9:33 PM

    steelers rule says:
    September 12, 2010 5:30 PM
    Another SOFT SEC player! Only tough guy from SEC is Hines Ward!
    Dumbass Steeler fan, obviously he doesn’t remember Matt Stafford vs the Browns.
    This kid should be great if he can get some protection and a running game.

  23. Flipadelphia says: Sep 12, 2010 11:16 PM

    So in other words…knowing Stafford…he’ll be back in a week or 2.
    Thanks for the reassurance PFT.

  24. Brewdogg says: Sep 13, 2010 1:47 AM

    A couple of points for the Detroit fans….
    1) Don’t give up on Pettigrew yet. While Oher would be of more immediate benefit, there are always a couple of good LTs in the draft. Don’t worry, you’ll get one. But if I’m right about Petti, you will be glad to have him for the next 10 years. Good TEs are very hard to come by, and he will be a favorite of Stafford for years.
    2) The rule sucks, but Johnson will learn from it, as well as everyone else in the league. All he had to do is tuck the ball in when he hit the ground. Everyone knows he had control of it in that huge mitt, but that is the rule. Just like every player in the league knows better than to jump on a blocked FG (thank you Leon Lett), now everyone knows to tuck that ball away. You won’t see this play again.
    3) As much as I like seeing those two easy games on the schedule every year, have faith in this staff. They are on the right track, but it is a long climb for them. And a couple more top-10 picks will only make you better. You’re time is coming!!

  25. thehoodedone says: Sep 13, 2010 9:48 AM

    If I’m sitting in a room , with ten hardcore football fans, and everyone of them says it’s a touchdown (even the Bears fan) then it’s a f-ing touchdown. This isn’t college football , Mr Goddell. The referee crew cannot allow the supposed better teams to win games . Fix this mess or start losing fans. Lions got jobbed. True NFL fans got jobbed.

  26. JRD says: Sep 13, 2010 11:34 AM

    I’m confused, who is this rookie QB Stafford the link refers to? Try as I may I can find nothing on his background, just on the Matthew Stafford they drafted last year. Pretty amazing though to find rookie QBs two years in a row and both have the same name!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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