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Schwartz mum on QBs

Posted by Chris Brown on November 10, 2010 – 10:24 am

Lions head coach Jim Schwartz just finished addressing the WNY media in advance of Sunday’s game between the Bills and Lions and he chose to withhold the majority of the situation they’re facing at quarterback.

Matt Stafford left last week’s game against the Jets with a throwing shoulder injury that has been reported to be season ending. Schwartz refused to comment on that report and only stated the following.

“Hopefully it’ll clear up a little bit more after practice today and we’ll see what those guys are able to do and how they’re able to do it,” said Schwartz.

Schwartz is still unsure as to whether his backup QB Shaun Hill would be able to play coming off a broken forearm. He served as the team’s emergency QB last week behind 3rd stringer Drew Stanton, who played a series at the end of last week’s overtime loss to the Jets.

When asked specifically about Stafford’s throwing shoulder Schwartz repeated much of what he said on Monday.

“He wasn’t able to finish the game,” Schwartz said. “He was very sore. We’ve done tests. There’s no surgical option. We’ll try to get him back as soon as we can.”

Stafford is not expected to play, while Hill is a question mark. If neither can go it will be Stanton on Sunday.


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Stafford shoulder update

Posted by Chris Brown on November 9, 2010 – 9:48 am

Lions QB Matt Stafford reportedly has a grade 3 shoulder separation, which could mean he’s done for the season.

That according to MLive.com’s Tom Kowalski, who said preliminary tests show a grade 3 separation of Stafford’s throwing shoulder. With the injury coming so soon after Stafford’s grade 2 separation in Week 1, if the report is accurate Stafford would be done for the season.

Regardless it’s a virtual certainty he won’t be on the field Sunday against the Bills.

Lions head coach Jim Schwartz is hoping that backup QB Shaun Hill can return from his broken forearm suffered three weeks ago. Otherwise 3rd QB Drew Stanton would make his third straight start at Buffalo.


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Stafford: “I don’t think so.”

Posted by Chris Brown on November 8, 2010 – 10:17 pm

On his weekly Detroit radio show with Mitch Albom, Lions starting QB Matt Stafford was asked if he’ll play this Sunday at Buffalo. His answer did not sound promising.

“I don’t think so,” he said of him playing Sunday against the Bills.

Head coach Jim Schwartz has not put a timetable on Stafford’s injury. Stafford had an MRI Monday. 

Backup QB Shaun Hill is also a question mark just three weeks removed from a broken forearm. If he can’t go then Drew Stanton would make his second straight start in Orchard Park.


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Lions vague on Stafford

Posted by Chris Brown on November 8, 2010 – 10:06 pm

The Detroit Lions weren’t revealing much when it came to the throwing shoulder injury of Matt Stafford on Monday.

Head coach Jim Schwartz would only say they’re not “talking surgical options” concerning Stafford’s re-injured throwing arm according to MLive.com. Stafford was in just his second game back for a third-degree AC joint separation in his throwing shoulder.

After being tackled around the ankles on a scramble he landed squarely on his shoulder and left the game.

“I’ve got to talk some more with these doctors and kind of figure out what they’re thinking,” said Stafford Monday on his Detroit radio show. “It’s kind of frustrating to be coming back and, two games later, be knocked out again. We’ll take it day by day and figure out what the plan is.”

Stafford’s chances do not sound good for Sunday’s game against the Bills, especially with this being the second injury to his throwing shoulder.

Schwartz is hoping his backup QB Shaun Hill is ready to return to the lineup now three weeks removed from breaking his forearm. He served as an emergency 3rd QB Sunday against the Jets while third stringer Drew Stanton got the start.


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Lions QB to have MRI

Posted by Chris Brown on November 8, 2010 – 9:20 am

According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Lions QB Matt Stafford will have an MRI today (Monday) on his throwing shoulder.

Stafford injured the shoulder in the Lions overtime loss to the Jets Sunday and may not be able to play against the Bills this week at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Drew Stanton would start in his place if the MRI reveals that Stafford’s shoulder injury is serious because backup QB Shaun Hill is still recovering from a broken forearm suffered three weeks ago and served as an emergency third QB Sunday against New York.

The Lions signal caller had just recently returned from an AC joint separation in his throwing shoulder that he suffered in Week 1 against Chicago that forced him to miss five games. The game against the Jets was just his second start in his return from that injury.


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QB 40 times

Posted by Chris Brown on February 22, 2009 – 4:50 pm

USC QB Mark Sanchez ran a 4.88 40-time, while Georgia’s Matt Stafford ran a 4.84.

W. Virginia QB Pat White ran a 4.5 which will help his stock since some NFL teams are looking at him as a receiver prospect.


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Stafford not throwing

Posted by Chris Brown on February 20, 2009 – 5:54 pm

Georgia QB Matt Stafford said he’s not going to be throwing here at the combine. He’s also not going to do the bench press, but plans to do everything else.

USC QB Mark Sanchez and Kansas St. QB Josh Freeman both said they would be throwing.

“Throwing is one of my strengths so I’m going to show it,” said Freeman.

The one QB that probably can afford not to throw is Stafford. Sanchez and Freeman have a lot more to prove with less time on the job.


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Where Kiper and Mayock differ

Posted by Chris Brown on January 22, 2009 – 3:06 pm

While Mel Kiper has released his mock draft, in which he has the Bills taking Oklahoma St. TE Brandon Pettigrew, who has been tearing it up at the Senior Bowl incidentally, NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock differs with him when it comes to the top two quarterbacks in the draft this year.

Kiper has Stafford going to Detroit at #1 and Mark Sanchez #3 to Kansas City. While I don’t question for a second that both teams sorely need a franchise QB, Mayock makes a very good point with respect to both QBs being far less experienced than the fifth-year senior QBs that came out last year in Joe Flacco and Matt Ryan and enjoyed great success as rookies.

“My concern with the underclassmen this year with Sanchez in particular was 16 starts,” said Mayock. “He can make every throw and I’m totally impressed with his arm strength, athletic ability, and toughness. Is he a talent that is starting quarterback worthy? Absolutely.

“My problem with he and Stafford is I don’t think they’ll be ready in the immediate future,” Mayock said. “I think 13 or 14 more starts would have helped Mark become a better quarterback. His pocket awareness and presence I would question for him and Stafford. Whether they can stand in an NFL pocket and keep their eyes downfield and make NFL throws and get rid of the football on time. I look at Ryan and Flacco and they are amazing talents, but they also had an emotional maturity and toughness about them. For Sanchez and Stafford I think they’re a bit of a project because they need more time.”

Due to their lack of experience on the college level, Mayock wonders if either are worthy of taking even in the top 10.

“I don’t know where he’s going to go and where Stafford is going to go,” Mayock said. “It’s way too early in the process. If you’re going to draft a quarterback high he’s got to play immediately and I don’t know that either are ready to step in immediately. That’s the first question I ask immediately. I’m not sure I’m taking (either of them) in the top 10 if they’re going to sit for a year or two.”

I tend to agree with Mayock. Ryan and Flacco’s success was based in part on their vast experience at the college level. Their greatest qualities were their ability to handle pressure in the pocket, make plays and not get rattled. You have to wonder if Stafford and Sanchez will be able to do the same. I think the odds are certainly lower that they will if thrust into the starting lineup right away.

But a desperate team like Detroit may not have a choice.


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