Stafford takes 1st throws; Alphonso Smith put on IR
ALLEN PARK -- Lions QB Matthew Stafford threw at practice today (Wednesday) for the first time since he injured his right/throwing shoulder on Nov. 7 in the loss to the Jets.
Stafford threw his first pass to WR Stefan Logan, about a 10-yards, as practice started. In case the media didn’t see it -- which we did -- center Dominic Raiola yelled to the media throng in the balcony to make sure it was witnessed. Stafford, who was wearing a ball cap instead of a helmet, threw about a dozen more short passes.
His first shoulder injury in the opener on Sept. 12 kept him out of action for six weeks. If the time frame is the same -- and this is just speculation -- he could return on Dec. 19 at Tampa.
Drew Stanton, last week’s starter, was taking reps with the starters.
Shaun Hill (broken index finger) did not throw.
Also CB Alphonso Smith, who injured his right shoulder in Sunday’s game, was placed on injured reserve meaning he’s done for the season.
To take his roster spot the Lions signed CB Prince Miller off the Ravens’ practice squad.
Expect CB Nathan Vasher to start in place of Smith. (Follow me on Twitter @PaulaPasche.)