Stafford expected to sit again this week


ALLEN PARK - There's a strong possibility the Detroit Lions have already decided that rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford won't play this week against the Arizona Cardinals at Ford Field.

There's a chance he might play, but only if he's significantly healed from that left shoulder injury and that's unlikely. The guess here is that Stafford's going to be shut down for the second straight game. I'm not sure what reasons they'll give for this decision - if they give any -- but the Lions are making the safest possible move in light of the realities they face.

First, the Lions can be questioned for rushing Stafford back into action just four days after he suffered his separated left shoulder. Stafford got hurt late in the Cleveland Browns game and then returned to face the Green Bay Packers on Thanksgiving Day.

The more prudent thing to do would've been to shut him down, regardless of how good he felt. That's easy to say now, of course, but it's what they should've done.


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