Lions QB Matthew Stafford will continue to rehab his separated right shoulder, but Lions coach Jim Schwartz said on his weekly radio show this morning the team won’t rush its franchise quarterback’s return to the field.
“He’s not going to go back on the field until he’s, No. 1, able to throw without restriction and make all the throws, and, No. 2, until he’s able to take a hit on that shoulder,” Schwartz said in an interview on 97.1 WXYT-FM. “So very similar to the first time when we rehabbed him. We’ll try to keep the same kind of criteria, keep the timetable… and just let him come back as the injury dictates.”
Stafford visited Birmingham, Ala.-based surgeon Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on his injury Monday. Andrews told Stafford he didn’t need surgery and could continue on a rehab plan.