Tag:Shaun Hill
Posted on: November 9, 2010 8:39 am
Edited on: November 9, 2010 9:08 am

Report: Stafford might be done for season

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Unbelievably, Lions QB Matthew Stafford’s career has hit another huge speedbump. One that might keep him out for the rest of the season.

According to Mlive.com’s Tom Kowalski, Detroit fears Stafford might be lost for the season after preliminary tests showed his shoulder injury to be a Grade 3 separation.

Considering Stafford suffered a Grade 2 separation in the season opener that kept him out until Oct. 31, a Grade 3 separation is certainly not a positive diagnosis.

Stafford Kowalski quoted Stafford speaking on a Detroit radio station on Monday evening: "I've got to talk some more with these doctors and kind of figure out what they're thinking. It's kind of frustrating to be coming back and, two games later, be knocked out again. We'll take it day by day and figure out what the plan is.''

According to the story, Stafford will seek a second opinion by noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews.

This is the fourth time in the past two years that Stafford will have to miss time with an injury. Strange, because he says he never missed a game in high school or college because he was hurt.

To replace him, the Lions will look to see if Shaun Hill (forearm) can be ready for Week 10. Hill played pretty well in replacing Stafford the first time this season until he was injured, but he’s still unable to take direct snaps from a center at this point. If he can’t go this week, Drew Stanton likely would get the starting nod.

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Posted on: November 8, 2010 12:03 am

Stafford hurts shoulder again; MRI on Monday

M. Stafford injured his throwing shoulder again today (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It’s hard not to feel sorry for Matthew Stafford, who injured his throwing shoulder yet again today before the Lions lost their lead and the game to the Jets.

Stafford injured the AC joint in his shoulder in Detroit’s season-opener, and this was only his second game back before he was tackled from behind by New York LB Bryan Thomas and landed on the same shoulder. He’ll have an MRI Monday to determine the extent of his injury.

"He is very sore," Lions coach Jim Schwartz told reporters afterward, via the Detroit News. "You guys know how tough he is, and if he could have (finished) he would have. It's something we're going to have to take a very serious look at. It's his right shoulder."

Stafford wasn’t available for comment after the game, but backup QB Shaun Hill – who played pretty well in Stafford’s absence before he was injured – speculated on Stafford’s feelings.

"I'm sure he's very frustrated," Hill said. "The kid worked his tail off to be out there … I know it burns him to come out of games."

This is the fourth time Stafford has had to leave a game due to injury, and that has begun to raise questions about the former No. 1 pick’s durability. Obviously, the talent is there. But if he can’t ever use it because he’s never on the field, that’s a big problem.

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Posted on: October 19, 2010 1:58 pm

Matthew Stafford expects to start on Halloween

Posted by Will Brinson

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions' quarterback, joined the podcast today (you would have already known that if you were subscribed to it via iTunes) to talk about his shoulder injury, how he hopes to return on Halloween following the Lions bye, whether Shaun Hill's injury bumped up his timeline, how well the Lions rookies are performing, whether or not Detroit is still thinking playoffs this year, what he thinks of the team's building blocks for the future and whether or not he thinks the NFL needs to change rules around concussions, pass interference and Calvin Johnson catches.

Hit play below to check it out and, seriously, just go ahead and subscribe via iTunes and make your life easier.

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Posted on: October 17, 2010 3:22 pm

Shaun Hill is out

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Lions QB Shaun Hill – who had performed pretty well while replacing Matthew Stafford – is out for the day after breaking a bone in his left arm in the second quarter against the Giants.

Before he left the game, Hill was 9 of 15 for 91 yards and a touchdown. Drew Stanton replaced him, immediately scrambling for nine tough yards before converting a fourth and one with a play-action pass.

But he also fumbled the ball later, and the Giants began to pull away. Stanton, though, came back with an 87-yard TD pass to Calvin Johnson to make it 21-17 early in the fourth quarter.

It’s worth noting that if Stanton has to leave because of an injury, the emergency third quarterback is Stafford.

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Posted on: October 16, 2010 12:37 am

Matthew Stafford back at Lions practice

Posted by Will Brinson

Matthew Stafford's back at practice since the first game of the season, when a shoulder injury against the Bears knocked him out for about six week.

That's according to Chris McCosky of the Detroit News, and as not horrible as Shaun Hill's been, it's good news for the Lions, since after their game against the Giants this weekend, they get a bye week.

Don't expect to see him at all in the game this week, barring an injury to Hill, but it seems like a safe bet that he'll garner the starting job in Detroit's next game, providing he's healthy enough.

Considering how close the Lions have been to having one more than one win on the year, it seems like Detroit, if Stafford can play at a high level, suddenly poses a pretty big threat to teams that believe they had a freebie week.

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Posted on: October 14, 2010 10:46 pm

I left my heart in SF (not really)

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It’s not good when Detroit QB Shaun Hill – a man who soon will be a backup once again – says (paraphrasing), “Man, I’m glad I’m happy not to be in San Francisco.” But it’s doubly not good when the very next day, an assistant coach from across the Bay is saying the same thing (even if he’s not as obviously as pleased as Hill was).

That’s what Raiders offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, who interviewed for the 49ers offensive coordinator job that Jimmy Raye earned before last season (and then lost earlier this season), had to say today to the Contra Costa Times.

From the Times:

“It was a position I seriously did consider. It just didn’t go right at the time,’’ Jackson said. “Obviously they went in a different direction and I was back in Baltimore and I wished him well, and I’m here in Oakland.’’

Asked if it was his decision, Jackson said, “No, no. That was their call at the time. And that’s OK. I feel I’m where I’m supposed to be now, here with the Raiders getting this organization where it needs to be.’’

That said, you have to wonder: is anybody NOT happy that they’re not playing in San Francisco anymore? Anyone at all?

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Posted on: October 13, 2010 8:53 pm

Shaun Hill makes a rather obvious point

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The thank-you-Captain-Obvious story of the day comes from Lions QB Shaun Hill, who told Newsday that he was happy that he didn’t still play for the 49ers. Hmm, who would have guessed that?

"It’s a mess out there,” Hill told Newsday, which was then linked by Comcast Sports Net. "I'm just very happy that I'm here right now."

Yeah, he should be. The 49ers are a disaster. The Lions, meanwhile, seem to be on the upswing, after Hill completed 21 of 32 passes for 227 yards and three TDs during Detroit’s 44-6 win against the Rams last Sunday.

Even though he knew he was going to be Matthew Stafford’s backup in Detroit, Hill thought he was making the right move anyway.

"I knew coming here, the roles and everything were completely defined and I was fine with that for sure," Hill said. "I had an opportunity to come in and try to help Matthew out a little bit if possible and, when called upon, to go out there and play. But when he's healthy I know that he's the guy.

"Out in San Francisco there was some stuff up in the air the last few years. It seemed always up in the air. So, believe it or not, I kind of welcomed just everybody having their defined roles and positions."

That’s true, but if he hadn’t left San Francisco, he would have had the chance to hear the crowd chant his name when Alex Smith mucked something up again. Alas, David Carr received that gift Sunday night. Hill had to settle for celebrating a 38-point win.

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Posted on: October 5, 2010 10:14 am
Edited on: October 5, 2010 6:41 pm

Top Ten With a Twist: Curse of Wally Pipp

P. Hillis has taken over the Cleveland running game (US Presswire).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

We’re a quarter of the way into the season, and some players who were originally slated to be backups suddenly have emerged as starters. Maybe it was through an injury to the former starter. Maybe it was because the starter wasn’t as good as the team thought and the backup was better. Maybe it was because – and Wally Pipp could relate to this – somebody just needed an off-day.

In fairness to the old-time Yankees first baseman, who was replaced one day (permanently, it turned out) in 1925 by a guy named Lou Gehrig because Pipp had a headache, that story might not be true exactly. Instead, he might have been benched because manager Miller Huggins simply wanted to shake up the lineup. Either way, Gehrig played the next 2,130 games, and Pipp ended up in … Cincinnati (and apparently, he was also one of Sports Illustrated’s first writing hires, one of those cool but useless facts).

Anyway, there have been some impact players to emerge this season so far, simply because they, like Gehrig, were given that chance to shine. Some have won a starting position. Some are just holding it until the real starter returns. But they’re all making a (mostly good) impression. It sounds like the perfect Top Ten With a Twist list to me.

10. Lance Moore, WR/PR, Saints: The story of Moore’s career. A Saints starts gets injured. Moore steps in and makes plays. Remember in 2008 when Moore caught a team-high 79 passes for 928 yards and 10 touchdowns after Marques Colston was hurt? Obviously, when Reggie Bush returns from his broken leg, Moore will fade back into the background – maybe. But man, he looked electric against the Falcons (six catches, 149 yards, two touchdowns), and he’s become a big target for New Orleans when it’s in the red zone.

9. Max Hall, QB, Cardinals: Look, we all know Derek Anderson isn’t a very good quarterback. But I didn’t think he would have a chance to lose his job this early. Hall, meanwhile, was a 2010 undrafted free agent (seriously, how poor is Anderson to lose to an undrafted free agent?). Not that Hall was great when he replaced Anderson on Sunday, because he wasn’t, but he might be Arizona’s best option at this point. Coach Ken Whisenhunt, meanwhile, isn’t talking. “I think we're going to go without [a quarterback) this week,” he joked Monday. “I think we're going to go with all Wildcat."

8. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, Patriots: He averaged about eight carries per game his rookie year in 2008, but with Kevin Faulk lost for the season – and Fred Taylor unavailable for the Miami game Monday – Green-Ellis (47 carries this year for 215 yards) has already nearly doubled his attempts from last year. He had his breakout in Week 3 against Buffalo when he carried the ball 16 times for 98 yards and a score, and vs. the Dolphins, he was impressive with a 16-carry, 78-yard, one-touchdown performance.

7. Shaun Hill, QB, Lions:
The reason Hill is so low on this list is because there’s no way he’ll take the job from Matthew Stafford. But still, how impressive has Hill looked the past few weeks? After Stafford went out with the shoulder injury in Week 1, Hill was terrible. But the past three weeks, he’s completed 61.9 percent of his passes for five touchdowns and six interceptions (he’s also averaging 301 passing yards per game), and he really impressed me in Detroit’s two-point loss to Green Bay.

6. Bruce Gradkowski, QB, Raiders: It didn’t take long for Raiders coach Tom Cable to figure out that, in order to save his job, he’d take his chances with Gradkowski instead of Jason Campbell. This is not to say Gradkowski is an elite quarterback, because that’s a laughable notion. But he played well at times when he was in Tampa Bay after Chris Simms ruptured his spleen in 2006 (Gradkowski failed to win the starting job in 2007). For now, though, Gradkowski is entrenched as Cable’s guy. As long as Cable is around.

5. Koa Misi, LB, Dolphins: Ikaika Alama-Francis was supposed to be the starter, but the night before the season opener, he caught some kind of illness and he’s been recovering ever since, losing 15-20 pounds in the process. Misi, the team’s second round Draft pick this year, has taken over his starting spot with consistent play and a smooth transition to the pro game. It was originally thought that Misi’s main objective would be as a situational pass-rusher – he was, after all, a defensive end in college – but he’s proven his worth as an every-down back with two sacks and a fumble recovery TD. In the meantime, he’s also Wally Pipp’d Alama-Francis.

4. Taylor Mays, S, 49ers: Mays so Wally Pipp’d former starter Michael Lewis that San Francisco released Lewis Monday, the day after Mays’ huge game against Atlanta. Mays had taken Lewis’ starting job already, and it sounds like Lewis asked for his release, but still, that’s pretty impressive for a rookie. Mays, in case you didn’t see it, had a phenomenal touchdown (both feet down!) after a punt block to give San Francisco a 14-0 lead. He also made 11 tackles.

3. John Carney, K, Saints: Carney, who will turn 65 later this year (I’m kidding, he’s 46), has returned once again to the NFL, and after making three kicks this past week, you have to wonder how much longer Garrett Hartley will stay on the roster – or why he’s on the roster at all at this point. Obviously, Carney isn’t the future kicker in this organization, and maybe the Saints are keeping Hartley around, because they’re hoping he can overcome what’s been a terrible start to the season for him. Otherwise, he’d already have been Pipp’d.

2. Ryan Torain, RB, Redskins:
Torain and Clinton Portis have split carries, but it seems that if this was the 100-meter dash at the Olympics, Torain would be Usain Bolt and Portis would be the other seven guys. Meaning Torain is pulling away and eventually will take Portis’ starting role. It could happen this week actually as Portis hurt his groin Sunday. Let me also briefly mention San Diego’s Mike Tolbert, who replaced first-round pick Ryan Mathews when he was injured and rushed for 255 combined yards the past three games (including a 100-yard performance Sunday when Mathews was in the game). But coach Norv Turner says he’s committed to keeping Mathews as the starter, so Tolbert doesn’t fit on this list all that well.

1. Peyton Hillis, RB, Browns: It was supposed to be Montario Hardesty and Jerome Harrison running the ball in Cleveland. Hillis – who was traded from Denver in the Brady Quinn deal this past offseason – was supposed to be just an afterthought. Baltimore’s Terrell Suggs had never heard of the guy until he ripped off 180 total yards (144 on the ground, the most Baltimore has allowed in five years) against the Ravens. With Hardesty out with a season-ending injury and with Harrison failing to make an impression on the Cleveland coaching staff, Hillis has taken advantage, tying the league high with four touchdowns and averaging 4.9 yards per carry. Like Gehrig, it appears that Hillis has no future plans to give up his starting spot.

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