Once again, the Lions will wait until Wednesday to announce the status of quarterback Matthew Stafford.
“He will be back,” coach Jim Schwartz said, pausing for dramatic effect. “Whether it’s this week or not, whether it’s next week or not is still yet to be determined. He is right on course but again, we talking about a quarterback and his throwing shoulder. We are going to be very judicious.”
Stafford, talking on his weekly segment on the Mitch Albom radio show on WJR, said he would try to throw this week. He said he was going to throw last week, as well. The Lions won’t say whether he did, but from the way he talked Monday, it seems this would be the first week he actually threw.
“I talked to our team doctor and I talked to (specialist) Dr. James Andrews and they thought it would be a good time to try and throw a football and see how it feels,” Stafford said.
When asked whether he could start throwing this week and still be ready to play Sunday, Stafford said, “We’ll see.”