Lions Rookie QB Matthew Stafford Placed on Injured Reserve

The season is over for Lions prized rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford. The team on Thursday decided to spare the final two games for Stafford, and decided to put him on injured reserve. Stafford has been sidelined for the last two weeks with a separated left shoulder, but it’s a knee injury that at the end of the day is the reason he’s going on IR.

Coach Jim Schwartz says Stafford will undergo a “minor knee procedure” on Tuesday. “It’s something he’s been able to play through but it was something we knew we needed to address after the season,” Schwartz said.

Stafford suffered a knee injury against the Bears back on October 4th and missed the next two games before returning to the lineup. “It’s not a repair, it’s nothing more than a clean-out,” Schwartz said. “He’ll be able to walk out of the operating room.”

Schwartz said today that as of no, no surgery is planned on Stafford’s shoulder.

“It was just a knee. His only issue was swelling, it wasn’t structure or anything else. If we could manage the swelling we could get him back on the field and we did that,” Schwartz said. “It was something we knew we’d have to address even back then.”

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