After initially saying that QB Matthew Stafford's shoulder did not need surgery, the Lions decided, based on the medical information they received, that it was best that Dr. James Andrews repair the Grade-3 separation of the AC joint in Stafford's throwing (right) shoulder. Both sides declared the surgery to be a success, and Stafford will endure a four-month recovery time. If a new CBA is agreed upon by the time, Stafford even could participate in June minicamps. The Lions will monitor his progress closely, but this is expected to be a routine process. Andrews thought that the healing time would actually decrease with surgery, which was a different message than the one the Lions were saying even as late as Jan. 3. Once Andrews did what was supposed to be a routine checkup, he believed that the procedure was the best route. The Lions clearly need Stafford to be healthy this season and turn in a full year, with optimism running high and expectations mounting for the former No. 1 pick.