Lions should get better idea with Stafford on Monday

The Detroit Lions should finally find out what the prognosis is for quarterback Matthew Stafford on Monday when he travels to Birmingham, Ala., to visit noted specialist Dr. James Andrews.

Stafford suffered a second injury to his right shoulder this season last Sunday in an overtime loss to the New York Jets. Tom “Killer” Kowalski of MLive.com has reported that Stafford suffered a Grade 3 separation and will be sidelined for the remainder of the season. This much is known: Stafford will be replaced by Shaun Hill for Sunday’s game at Buffalo.

“This was a visit we had scheduled all along," Lions coach Jim Schwartz said, according to the Detroit News. "Dr. Andrews has been in communication with our (medical staff). He's seen the MRI and the X-rays, but he wanted to physically evaluate him after all the swelling and soreness went down."

Per Schwartz, no definite decision on Stafford’s immediate future will be made Monday.

“Dr. Andrews is still going to want to get a look at his range of motion and things like that, and he's not going to be able to do that on Monday," said Schwartz, who joked Stafford should purchase an apartment in Birmingham for his frequent visits.

This is the fourth significant injury for Stafford in 1

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