The Lions fear that QB Matthew Stafford may be done for the season with a Grade 3 separation on his right shoulder, according to MLive.com.
Stafford had an MRI on Monday to check the severity of the injury, which occurred in the team's Week Nine loss to the Jets. After those results are known, the QB may meet with Dr. James Andrews, a sports-injury specialist and the man who examined Stafford's shoulder earlier this season after he suffered a Grade 2 separation in Week One. Stafford missed five games following that injury.
"I've got to talk some more with these doctors and kind of figure out what they're thinking,'' Stafford said on Monday to a Detroit radio station.
According to the article, a Grade 3 separation would mean Stafford would miss the team's final eight games. It is the QB's fourth injury since being taken first overall in the 2009 draft. In addition to his earlier right shoulder separation this year, knee and left shoulder injuries sidelined him for six games in his rookie season.
The way we see it
Obviously the top concern for the Lions is the long-term health of their QB, but the team has to be worried that Stafford missing time is becoming a trend. Though he never missed a game in high school or college due to injury, Stafford has played in only 13 games in his pro career, and if he misses the final eight in 2010, it will make 19 that he's been on the sideline for in two seasons.
Whatever Stafford owners are remaining shouldn't wait to drop the QB, but the biggest issue is for Calvin Johnson and Jahvid Best owners. Their value will drop with Shaun Hill or Drew Stanton under center, though it remains to be seen how big of a hit their production will take.