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Shaun Hill undergoes back surgery

Shaun Hill, Tully Banta-Cain AP

Matthew Stafford may plan to play “16 games or more” but history indicates that’s not especially likely.

That’s why Shaun Hill is so valuable to the Lions as a backup quarterback, and his recent back surgery is of some concern.  The good news: Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports that Hill was already taking part in limited workouts with his teammates on Tuesday, only six days after back surgery.

Hill says he’ll be “game-ready” in 4-6 weeks and only wishes he got the surgery done earlier.  Hill battled through a broken forearm and broken finger to start 10 games last year, with 16 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

We’d argue that Hill is one of the better backups in the league.  Combine him with Stafford and Detroit’s quarterback position is in very good shape.

When was the last time you could say that?

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6 Responses to “Shaun Hill undergoes back surgery”
  1. thephantomstranger says: May 17, 2011 4:31 PM

    Hill may be “game-ready” in 4-6 weeks, but it will be at least 4-6 months until the NFL is game-ready.

  2. lionsnationdotcom says: May 17, 2011 4:39 PM

    This team will be very dangerous this year!!!

  3. winkeroni says: May 17, 2011 4:43 PM

    Hill has been a very servicible quarterback. I wonder if any teams will try to make a move for him but given Stafford’s durability I’m not sure that the Lions would be willing to part ways with him.

  4. pacificamjr says: May 17, 2011 7:27 PM

    Hill is a solid Back-up but if @Staff_9 stays healthy Lions are going 12-4 and gonna WIN THE SUPERBOWL!!!

  5. batmanofpintucky says: May 17, 2011 8:50 PM

    I agree that Hill has been an better than expected QB for Detroit. He has outplayed anything I’ve seen of Stafford, and plays hard through injuries. I think Hill was the fire undernearth the team last year. I live in Michigan so I see the Lions regularly. I would like to know what everyone is smoking, thinking the Lions are a playoff team, let alone making it to the Super bowl. (They have never been to a Superbowl, unless they bought tickets)

    Why not start with going for a winning season, for a change of pace. In reality both Chicago and Green Bay are better teams, don’t even try to argue, one won the SB and the other made it to the NFCC.

    So, to get a for sure playoff spot you gotta win the division. So, yeah good luck Lions fans, hopefully one day your expectations will be reality based.

  6. lionsmaverick says: May 17, 2011 8:50 PM

    Stafford’s injuries have been freak injuries. I expect him to play atleast 15 games and make a run into the playoffs and a run for the probowl for him personally.

    Add some defensive free agents and this team could be the biggest shocker of the decade. And look at the team’s average age. Look at how young the starters are. If they are not in the playoffs this year, it wont be by much. And they will be within the next 3. And the will be in the super bowl in the next 10.

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