Lions place Stafford on IR

The Detroit Lions won’t see Matthew Stafford again this season.

The second-year quarterback, who has missed the majority of the season with two separations of his right shoulder, has been placed on injured reserve, according to Tom “Killer” Kowalski of MLive.com.

Stafford suffered a separated shoulder in the season opener when he was sacked at Soldier Field by the Chicago Bears’ Julius Peppers and the same shoulder was injured again Nov. 7 in a loss at Ford Field to the New York Jets. Stafford suffered a Grade 3 separation, per the report, and while he is healing, he will not be prepared to play next week in the season finale against the Minnesota Vikings. The Lions had been holding out hope Stafford could make a few starts late this season.

Now, he will have to get over the hump in 2011. He’s going to be viewed as injury prone and brittle until the 2009 No. 1 overall pick can make it through an entire season unscathed. The Lions had been delaying a move to IR Stafford.

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