Matthew Stafford says he suffered 'AC separation'

Six weeks later, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford finally revealed what happened to his right throwing shoulder in the season opener at Chicago.

When Bears defensive end Julius Peppers drove him into the turf at Soldier Field, he suffered an “AC separation,” according to the Twitter account of Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press

“I knew once it got healthy that I was going to have the same arm that I’ve always had,” Stafford said. “I feel pretty good and hopefully no setbacks and if that happens then hopefully I’ll be out there on the 31st."

The Lions are in their bye week and will host the Washington Redskins on Oct. 31 when Stafford is expected to make his return. It’s obviously very good news that Stafford doesn’t anticipate any lingering effects from the injury. But now the No. 1 pick from 2009 is going to have to remain healthy. A separate shoulder injury and a knee injury dogged him last season when he missed six games. He needs to stay on the field or he will quickly earn a reputation – deserved or not – of being injury prone.

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