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.

Follow me on Twitter: @BradBiggs

Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune

Upcoming Games

Sep 25th, 1:00 PM

Baltimore -3 -110

New England +3 -110

@

Sep 25th, 1:00 PM

Kansas City -3 -110

Indianapolis +3 -110

@

Sep 25th, 1:00 PM

Houston +3 -110

Chicago -3 -110

@

Sep 25th, 1:00 PM

Detroit +8 -110

Minnesota -8 -110

@

Sep 25th, 1:00 PM

Las Vegas -2 -110

Tennessee +2 -110

@

Sep 25th, 1:00 PM

New Orleans -2.5 -110

Carolina +2.5 -110

@

Sep 25th, 1:00 PM

Buffalo -4.5 -110

Miami +4.5 -110

@

Sep 25th, 1:00 PM

Cincinnati -6 -110

NY Jets +6 -110

@

Sep 25th, 1:00 PM

Philadelphia -3 -110

Washington +3 -110

@

Sep 25th, 4:05 PM

Jacksonville +9 -110

LA Chargers -9 -110

@

Sep 25th, 4:25 PM

Green Bay +3 -110

Tampa Bay -3 -110

@

Sep 25th, 4:25 PM

LA Rams -4.5 -110

Arizona +4.5 -110

@

Sep 25th, 4:25 PM

Atlanta +3 -110

Seattle -3 -110

@

Sep 25th, 8:20 PM

San Francisco +3 -110

Denver -3 -110

@

Sep 26th, 8:15 PM

Dallas +4.5 -110

NY Giants -4.5 -110

@

Sep 29th, 8:15 PM

Miami +2 -110

Cincinnati -2 -110

@

Oct 2nd, 9:30 AM

Minnesota +1.5 -106

New Orleans -1.5 -106

@

Oct 2nd, 1:00 PM

Cleveland -3 -110

Atlanta +3 -110

@

Oct 2nd, 1:00 PM

Buffalo -3.5 -110

Baltimore +3.5 -110

@

Oct 2nd, 1:00 PM

Washington +2.5 -110

Dallas -2.5 -110

@

Oct 2nd, 1:00 PM

LA Chargers -7 -110

Houston +7 -110

@

Oct 2nd, 1:00 PM

Seattle +6 -110

Detroit -6 -110

@

Oct 2nd, 1:00 PM

Tennessee +3.5 -110

Indianapolis -3.5 -110

@

Oct 2nd, 1:00 PM

Chicago +3 -110

NY Giants -3 -110

@

Oct 2nd, 1:00 PM

Jacksonville +7 -110

Philadelphia -7 -110

@

Oct 2nd, 1:00 PM

NY Jets +3.5 +100

Pittsburgh -3.5 +100

@

Oct 2nd, 4:05 PM

Arizona -3 -110

Carolina +3 -110

@

Oct 2nd, 4:25 PM

Denver +2 -110

Las Vegas -2 -110

@

Oct 2nd, 4:25 PM

New England +6.5 -110

Green Bay -6.5 -110

@

Oct 2nd, 8:20 PM

Kansas City -1.5 -110

Tampa Bay +1.5 -110

@