Hill to start at Bills; Stafford not ruled out for season
ALLEN PARK -- Quarterback Shaun Hill will start for the Lions on Sunday at Buffalo, but Matthew Stafford has not been written off for the remainder of the season.
“It’s yet to be seen. I think there’s definitely a possibility (to play again this season) and then other times you don’t know, so we’ll see,’’ Stafford said on Wednesday.
The second-year quarterback injured his right/throwing shoulder in the overtime loss to the Jets on Sunday and could not finish the game.
On Wednesday coach Jim Schwartz stuck to his policy of not revealing specifics about injuries when it came to Stafford. But he did indicate that because Stafford and Jason Hanson (knee) were not placed on injured reserve that should be a good sign.
Stafford, whose arm was not in a sling, said he still had soreness in the injured right shoulder and will have further consultations with doctors.
“I’ve got to get some swelling and soreness out and we’ll move from there,’’ Stafford said.
He would not say if it is worse than his separated shoulder early in the season.
He also would not say if surgery is an option.
“I have to talk to doctors first to see if they think (surgery is) an option or not,’’ Stafford said.
Hill broke his left forearm on Oct. 17 against the Giants. He was the third quarterback on Sunday but could have just handed off had he been brought into the game.
Schwartz said Hill has been cleared to play. Hill said last week his cast covered his hand while the new cast does not. Hill took reps with the starters in Wednesday’s practice.
Zac Robinson, who was signed Tuesday, will serve as the third quarterback on Sunday at Buffalo.
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