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Stafford says he’s all the way back, teammates agree

Locked Out Lions Football AP

Lions fans have to be among the most annoyed in the league during the lockout.

This should be an offseason of wild, over-the-top optimism for the fans of the downtrodden franchise.  Instead, we’re worried about whether there will actually be a football season and the young Lions aren’t able to fully practice together.  At least not formally.

The Lions wrapped up four days of workouts this week at Detroit Country Day High School, and they plan to reconvene later in the offseason. The most notable item from the sessions: People are excited about Matthew Stafford again.

“I don’t think anybody even remembers he was hurt,” center Dominic Raiola told Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News. “He slings it. You hear it whizzing by your ear. He’s above 100 percent.”

We remember.  It’s the one thing that could dim the growing optimism about the franchise under Jim Schwartz.  Stafford, for one, sounds very happy to be back on the field and says he could play an NFL game this weekend.

“Oh, yeah, I’m good,” Stafford said. “I feel good as ever, like I’m right where I want to be.”

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33 Responses to “Stafford says he’s all the way back, teammates agree”
  1. shieldsisland37 says: May 20, 2011 11:32 AM

    One hit from Clay or the Freezer and his season will be over again. Can you say, “China Doll”?

  2. tenotnamedmiller says: May 20, 2011 11:33 AM

    Until bird craps on his shoulder.

  3. simplesimon1 says: May 20, 2011 11:34 AM

    Happy to hear it. Good news this time is that he actually had the surgery and spent 12 weeks with Dr Andrews rehabbing his upper body the right way. They say he is actually much stronger than previously, and this is coming from the doctor himself. Also, I guess through the rehab, he added appr 20 pounds of solid muscle to his upper body. Glad to hear he rehabbed the correct way this time and hope he stays healthy. If he does, my Lions are finally on the right track. I’ve been waiting for this since Barry left in 1998.

  4. moneymike23 says: May 20, 2011 11:34 AM

    Ok, we get it! Stafford’s shoulder is doing well and he will be ready to go. Do we need a Stafford story everyday?

  5. touchdownroddywhite says: May 20, 2011 11:36 AM

    Too bad that’ll last about 2 weeks once the season starts.

  6. chadmurdigan says: May 20, 2011 11:38 AM

    I like the vibe coming out of Detroit, and if there’s any football this year I predict the Lions are going to have the best season in a long, long time.

  7. bw82b says: May 20, 2011 11:45 AM

    man the lions are becoming a nice little team

  8. lions0990 says: May 20, 2011 11:46 AM

    yes moneymike, we do need a stafford story everyday. if you dont care, dont read, and if it truly bothers you, dont comment.

  9. silverdeer says: May 20, 2011 11:46 AM

    Well at least we dont’t have to worry about the world ending tomorrow. The Lions haven’t won the Superbowl yet.

  10. jimmysee says: May 20, 2011 11:56 AM

    That’s bad news for the Vikings.

    Can you say: “cellar?”

  11. hatesycophants says: May 20, 2011 11:57 AM

    @lions0990,

    Well Done!

    Go Lions! Go Badgers!

  12. snowpea84 says: May 20, 2011 11:59 AM

    Right where he wants to be? You mean as far from oppising defensive lines as he can be, at least with the guys he has in front of him…

  13. joetoronto says: May 20, 2011 12:04 PM

    God willing, this kid ends up.with a long career.

  14. sws222 says: May 20, 2011 12:14 PM

    Yeah…I hope Cutler, Rogers, and “fill in the blank” for the Vikings practice spending a lot of time on their backs this year during workouts…..

  15. donterrelli says: May 20, 2011 12:15 PM

    until there’s a strong gust of wind. This guy’s as fragile as Cadillac Williams.

  16. jd says: May 20, 2011 12:27 PM

    Because of the kids…. They called me Mr. Glass.

  17. beretta96d says: May 20, 2011 12:28 PM

    Hey there simplesimon1….there is no way on god’s green earth he added 20# of muscle to any part of his body in a year! Hell, thats doing well on PED’s! If he claims natural, 5# is about right. Get a grip!

  18. kilo0986 says: May 20, 2011 12:29 PM

    Its ok moneymike, I know you just mad cause the lions are gonna cave your teams face in

  19. tformation says: May 20, 2011 12:29 PM

    “IF” he can stay healthy, the Lions can be dangerous. It’s still an “if” at this point… the guy’s only played 13 games in 2 years…

    Without Stafford though, they should be able to at least dominate the Vikes & hopefully at least split the Packers in 2011… assuming there is a season, of course…

  20. comeonnowguys says: May 20, 2011 12:31 PM

    “I like the vibe coming out of Detroit, and if there’s any football this year I predict the Lions are going to have the best season in a long, long time.”

    While I don’t disagree, that’s kind of like saying “This next Nickelback album is going to suck way less than the last few.”

  21. woodyg says: May 20, 2011 12:36 PM

    Prancing around & throwing a few ‘zingers’ has never been a problem for Stafford ….. He’s probably been doing this since he was 8 years old ……

    His problems start when he takes a hit …… Stafford might ‘be right where he wants to be’ but the opppsition still wants him in only one place ….. on the ground ……

    Can he take a hit? …… So far, the answer is no ….

  22. chazk100 says: May 20, 2011 12:44 PM

    “Oh, yeah, I’m good,” Stafford said. “I feel good as ever, like I’m right where I want to be.”
    ————————————————-
    Stafford then sneezed and broke his collar bone.

  23. simplesimon1 says: May 20, 2011 12:50 PM

    @bereta96d: you said”Hey there simplesimon1….there is no way on god’s green earth he added 20# of muscle to any part of his body in a year! Hell, thats doing well on PED’s! If he claims natural, 5# is about right. Get a grip!”

    Actually, that’s exactly what’s been said. I’d love to know what you do for a living. He spent 12 weeks, fully, with Dr Andrews rehabbing after his surgery and turned all of the fat he had to muscle. It’s actually quite easy to put 20 pounds of muscle on a lot fasterr than that even. Ask any boxer who has to move up weight classes. Roy Jones Jr put on 2o pounds of muscle to move up from 168 pounds to 188 pounds in less than the time Stafford had and he had no fat. So, you go get a grip. Nice try though.

  24. coleman121280 says: May 20, 2011 1:21 PM

    The guy has yet to complete a full season. He had a 3rd degree separation of his shoulder and is now in his 3rd season? Once Allen comes from his blind side, or clay (I’m taking steroids) Matthews hits him face on he’s done….again!

    On a side note. Anyone notice clay is just lime his LB coach Kevin Greene? Long hair and juiced. That’s knowledge he passed on to clay. There is no way a LB just throws 350 ib tackles around the way he did last season.

  25. BlackAndGoldAllDay says: May 20, 2011 1:42 PM

    Lions will be better than the Bears.

  26. ryanclark25 says: May 20, 2011 2:10 PM

    Really really want the lions to do well this year absolutely love what they are doing and i hate all the snide shoulder remarks etc but while these guys are getting all the thumbs down, it cant be denied stafford needs to prove he can stay 16+ games for them to truly compete and it hasnt happened so far. i used blame the oline till someone pointed out the stats they were 6th at 27 sacks for fewest sacks allowed. cutler took 56 but stayed upright (i think for the whole year barring obviously the whole 2nd half cship game incident) they have the wrs they have the rbs a servicable oline, an illegal (not literally of course) dline who will make the secondary better and not sure about lb but they are surely someway capable…..theres one missing piece and stafford needs to be able to be that piece….lions for nfc cship!

  27. brutus9448 says: May 20, 2011 2:29 PM

    he’ll be back in the training room rehabing he other shoulder after week 3. What a waste of money

  28. lucky5934 says: May 20, 2011 2:53 PM

    jimmysee says:
    May 20, 2011 11:56 AM
    That’s bad news for the Vikings.

    Can you say: “cellar?”

    ——————————————–
    Actually, the Lions already put the Vikings in the cellar of the division last season. This year Da Bears can join the Vikings in the bottom half of that division.

    I love hearing that Stafford added 20lbs of muscle. He needed to strengthen the muscles around his injured shoulder to withstand the big hits.

  29. ernieernie says: May 20, 2011 3:31 PM

    If I was the Lions Coach and had Stafford (call me china doll) as QB, I don’t think I could hold food down.
    I continue to beleive that Stafford has three more games, and its down for the count. This guy is just part of the Lions 50 year curse. The whole city is cursed and he’s part of it.

    At least he has a lot of insurance and is young enough to learn used car sales.

  30. spartyfi says: May 20, 2011 6:38 PM

    Ernie, the 50 years was up 2 years ago so big thumbs down to you!

  31. stafford2calvin says: May 20, 2011 9:02 PM

    Lmao this is ridiculous. People can’t stand to see the lions improving. Get a grip people they’re a very respectable team with loads of talent. Even stafford aside we have 2 great backups if god forbid he gets hurt again. Learn it live it and love it. Leos baby, let us have our time to shine!

  32. cup0pizza says: May 21, 2011 2:33 AM

    Stafford’s gonna be a really good one. The morons commenting that he’s injury-prone and a “china doll” need to learn football.

  33. dewalt2990 says: May 21, 2011 9:09 AM

    You either support Stafford and an up and coming team…or you’re jealous/scared of the Lions and the talent thats been amassed. Can’t blame ya either way I suppose…Just keep crossin your fingers he gets hurt again, that’ll work…..*smh

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