Lions confident Matthew Stafford can give them full season

Even though the Detroit Lions haven’t had any contact with quarterback Matthew Stafford since early March, they remain thrilled with his recovery from surgery to repair his right shoulder.

Stafford suffered two injuries to the shoulder last season, forcing him to miss 13 games. He didn’t undergo surgery until January, but he’s been fully cleared and has been working out with teammates in player-run practices.

The injury that he sustained last year and the surgery that he had is very similar to Sam Bradford’s a year ago," Lions president Tom Lewand told Albert Breer of the NFL Network. "And obviously, Sam had a tremendous rookie year, didn't miss any snaps, and we feel the same about Matthew's ability to go forward, better than he's ever been."

The problem with Stafford is he has been injury prone in multiple areas. He’s suffered knee injuries and injuries to his left shoulder. If Stafford can remain healthy, there is a feeling the Lions may be poised to make a move out of the NFC North cellar, where they have been for most of the last decade.

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