Lions will be cautious with Matthew Stafford

Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz tried to cast aside talk that his quarterback Matthew Stafford is injury prone, but the fact of the matter is that he’s now injured for the third time in 11 career games.

The $72 million man who was the No. 1 pick in the 2009 draft is sidelined indefinitely with an injury to his right throwing shoulder, and reports surfaced on ESPN Monday night that he has a second degree separation and will seek treatment from Dr. James Andrews this week.

Perhaps Stafford’s issues can be chalked up to a leaky offensive line, but it should be noted that he suffered a dislocated knee cap on a hit in Chicago last season by Adewale Ogunleye and this time it was Bears’ defensive end Julius Peppers who drove Stafford into the Soldier Field turf.

“Not really,” Stafford told reporters when asked if he was concerned about his ability to stay healthy. “Those were pretty perfect hits. They dropped me on my shoulder pretty hard both times. I would call them more weird, freak injuries.''

Said Schwartz: “You are concerned when your quarterback gets hit. They've all been a little bit different situation.''

Stafford also injured his left shoulder last season. Because this injury is in his right shoulder, the team will be even more cautious, according to Tom “Killer” Kowalski of MLive.com.

"I think that's worthy of consideration for sure,'' Schwartz said. "When he's healthy and feeling good, he'll be back on the field. We don't want to rush him back. We don't want to put him out there if he's not able to make all the throws that he needs to make to play quarterback. Or, if he's protecting it and not able to take a hit and those kinds of things.''

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