Quarterback Matthew Stafford always has been somewhat o...

The Detroit News - [Full Article]

Quarterback Matthew Stafford always has been somewhat of a gunslinger. Even during his days at Georgia, he would hurl the ball sidearm or underhand at times if that was the best way to get the pass off.

He's done it with greater frequency the last two weeks, which, given he's coming off right shoulder surgery, has raised some concern about the health of his arm.

Coach Jim Schwartz, doing his weekly spot on 97.1 on Tuesday, calmed those concerns.

"He's thrown a couple sidearm, but going back, he's made those throws before, particularly on play-action passes where he's trying to get it underneath," Schwartz said. "He's gotten some balls tipped. I think he had two in a row tipped last game and those were on high passes. A lot of times he drops down on tight end screens or play-action to get rid of the ball quicker and get it underneath the outstretched arms."

Stafford was asked directly about the sidearm throws after the 49ers game, and said he's always done that with certain passes and there were no problems with his arm or shoulder.

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