Matthew Stafford, the oft-injured quarterback who has played 13 games and missed 19 games since the Lions chose him first overall in the 2009 NFL draft, says he expects to play every regular-season game in 2011. And maybe some playoff games, too.
“I’m excited about No. 1 being healthy going into the year and hopefully playing all 16 games or more,” Stafford told the Detroit Free Press. “We have all the core guys, major guys, coming back, which is great, and we’ve added some new guys.”
Stafford has been throwing with some of the Lions’ receivers and says his surgically repaired shoulder is 100 percent healed.
“I feel great,” Stafford said. “Healthwise, I feel as good as I ever have, so I’m ready to go.”
So Stafford will be ready to play a full season. As long as the NFL has a full season to play.