Matthew Stafford wants to play again this year. Whether he does or not depends on how soon his separated right shoulder heals.
"If I'm healthy I'm going to be out there, that's the way I see it," Stafford said Wednesday. "I don't care if it's first game of the season, last game of the season, doesn't matter to me. I don't care what our record is, if I'm healthy I'm playing."
Stafford will miss his second straight game and seventh of the season Sunday against his hometown Dallas Cowboys, but the Highland Park, Texas, native got good news this week when the Lions decided not to place him on injured reserve.
Stafford visited noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews on Monday. Andrews confirmed the team's diagnosis that surgery isn't necessary for now.
"It's nice to know that rehab's the option here," Stafford said. "Try to do the best that I can and get as strong as I possibly can and get back out there."