Mathew Stafford did get a second opinion from specialist Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday, and the diagnosis is apparently the same as it was Monday -- no injury to the labrum or rotator cuff. So, the Lions are taking it week-by-week with Stafford, which is far from the worst-case scenario.
Stafford walked onto the practice field Wednesday morning without a sling or any other immobilizing device. And he was apparently in better spirits than Monday. When one of the staffers asked if he was ready to play, Stafford said, "Sure," and then made a throwing motion with his left arm.
The focus shifts, however, now to Shaun Hill, the 30-year-old veteran who is 10-6 as a starter in nine seasons.
"Nothing changes," offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said of the plan. "Shaun has a gift of making everything work. His background in this system with me helps him as does the fact that he's been here through the summer and through preseason adjusting to working with these guys here. He's very comfortable in what we're doing. This isn't his first rodeo."