Stafford Doesn't Know If Doctor Will Review MRI

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

GREEN BAY, Wis. — No. 1 draft pick Matthew Stafford said he knew nothing about a report that tests on his injured right knee are being forwarded to Dr. James Andrews for review.

Stafford said immediately after the Lions' 26-0 loss to the Green Bay Packers that it was the first he'd heard of any report about Andrews, the noted orthopedic surgeon in Birmingham, Ala., looking at tests on his knee. He also said he had no plans to visit the surgeon in person.

"I'm not going anywhere," Stafford said. "I heard that too for the first time when I was walking off the field."

ESPN.com reported that on Monday Andrews would review a new MRI exam taken last week on Stafford's knee.

Stafford also said in a brief conversation with reporters that he's not worried that he might need surgery to repair the knee. Stafford did not play for the second consecutive week since injuring it against Chicago.

He missed four of five practices this week.

"I'm not going to discuss his prognosis or his status or anything else going forward," Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. "He has a knee, he hasn't been able to play the last two weeks. He got to where he wasn't able to warm up today, but we'll see if we can get him back on the field next week and move forward."

Stafford, who signed a six-year contract that guarantees him $41.7 million after being the top overall pick, started the Lions' first four games, throwing for 894 yards, three touchdowns and six interceptions and helping Detroit snap a 19-game losing streak.

But he was injured against Chicago two weeks ago when Bears defensive end Adewale Ogunleye sacked him and twisted him to the ground.

Stafford was listed as Detroit's emergency quarterback against the Packers. Starting quarterback Daunte Culpepper hurt his right hamstring on a scramble on the Lions' first possession of the third quarter.

Culpepper wasn't hit on the play, but began limping just before he reached the sideline. He took one more snap before Drew Stanton relieved him. Culpepper wasn't having a good day even before the injury, going 6 of 14 for 48 yards, an interception and two sacks.

"If I had continued to run, I might have severely pulled it. It's a tweak right now and we'll see how it feels tomorrow and the next day," he said. "I don't know if I didn't probably warm up coming out of the halftime or whatever, but those things happen sometimes. We're going to treat it, strengthen it and see how it feels in a few days."

Schwartz said after the game if Stanton also had been injured, Stafford wouldn't have come in and he would have elected to send Culpepper back in a shotgun formation to help limit his movements with the ailing hamstring.

"It never got to that point," Schwartz said.

Schwartz also declined to say whether Stafford might be available after Detroit's upcoming bye week when the Lions play the Rams on Nov. 1.

"I don't think I've ever put a timetable on when he's coming back," he said.


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