No surgery for Stafford, but playing status unclear
ALLEN PARK -- No definitive word from Lions coach Jim Schwartz today on the status of quarterback Matthew Stafford after he injured his throwing shoulder on Sunday. Although the coach did say surgery did not appear to be an option.
Cornerback Chris Houston saw Stafford at the place where they get MRIs. He said Stafford’s arm was in a sling and he flashed him the peace sign.
Schwartz also didn’t say whether Shaun Hill (who broke his forearm three weeks ago) would be ready to play on Sunday at Buffalo. After Sunday’s game Hill said he was not certain if he would be ready. He started throwing last week.
If Hill can’t go, Drew Stanton will get the start and the Lions might have to look at signing another quarterback.
Houston said he will play on Sunday. He dislocated his left shoulder and had it popped back in on the sidelines. He went back in to play, but had to come out because he couldn’t raise his left arm high enough.
Kicker Jason Hanson, whose right knee was injured during a roughing the kicker call, will miss some time according to Schwartz. A new kicker will likely be signed for the interim this week.
No word on DE Cliff Avril who injured his leg.
Houston did say there were five Lions set for MRIs.
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