Lions' Stafford to undergo surgery

From The Detroit News:

Allen Park -- Quarterback Matthew Stafford's rookie season with the Lions is officially over.

The team will place Stafford on injured reserve this week and he'll undergo "minor" outpatient surgery on his right knee Tuesday, with Dr. James Andrews performing a "cleanup" procedure in Birmingham, Ala., coach Jim Schwartz said.

That's the same knee that has bothered Stafford since he suffered a partially dislocated right kneecap Oct. 4 at Chicago.

"Since he's had (the injury), he's had just on and off swelling, stuff he's been able to play through," Schwartz said. "But it's also something we knew we needed to address after the season."

The Lions' coach said there's no surgery required for the sprained left shoulder that has limited Stafford to just two games since he initially injured it Nov. 22 in a win over Cleveland. He'd already been ruled out for a third straight game this week at San Francisco, and Schwartz said the team's medical staff decided he likely wouldn't be ready to play next week in the season finale against Chicago.

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