Report: Stafford says knee is doing well

Matthew Stafford said he is doing well following arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in December.

Stafford had a rough rookie season when it came to his health. His knee was originally injured when he was sacked by Chicago’s Adewale Ogunleye on Oct. 4 at Soldier Field. Ogunleye spun him to the turf by the back of his jersey and was fined for violating the horse collar rule.

Then, he suffered a left shoulder injury in the victory over Cleveland at Ford Field. After that, the Lions made the decision to shut him down and get the knee worked on.

"I feel good," Stafford told the Detroit Free Press’ Nick Cotsonika. "I've been lifting on my leg, working it out."

Stafford is making promotional appearances in Miami and has been rehabilitating his knee in Dallas with the same doctor who performed arthroscopic surgery on his left knee while he was in high school.

"It's still in the rehab phase, but I'm moving around, doing a lot of stuff with it," Stafford said. "It's more strength now than anything, not, 'Is the knee going to be OK?' "

He hopes to be ready to go when the Lions open their offseason conditioning program in late March.

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