Lions QB Matthew Stafford underwent successful shoulder surgery Friday, the team announced. The surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews.
Stafford met with Andrews and the Lions' medical staff this week when it was decided he needed surgery.
"While continuing the rehab program (without surgery) was still a viable option, Matt decided to have the surgery now in order to ensure that he will have plenty of time to recover prior to the 2011 season. We have full confidence that Matt will be 100 percent before the start of training camp," Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said.
The No. 1 pick in the 2009 draft played in just three games this season, tossing six touchdown passes and one pick.
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The Lions are hopeful the surgery can keep Stafford from more injury in the future. The signalcaller has played in just 13 games in his two seasons.