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Posted on: December 20, 2010 6:01 pm
 

Drew Stanton played through a separated shoulder

D. Stanton played Sunday's game with a separated shoulder (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

You might have noticed that after Lions QB Drew Stanton’s shoulder got crushed as he tried to make a throw in the second quarter of Sunday’s game vs. the Buccaneers, TV cameras spotted team trainers attending to Stanton on the bench.

In fact, Stanton left the sideline early to get a jump on halftime, and reports were that the injured Shaun Hill was warming up in case Stanton couldn’t play.

But then Stanton returned to the game and helped lead Detroit to its first road win in three years, and perhaps, you forgot about Stanton’s first-half ailments.

Chances are it didn’t slip Stanton’s mind, because, according to the Detroit News, Stanton suffered a Grade 3 separation of his non-throwing shoulder.

The fact Stanton played through the pain – and played well enough to throw for a career-high 252 yards – is actually pretty damn impressive.

"Drew showed a lot of toughness out there," coach Jim Schwartz told reporters today. "He suffered a shoulder injury in the second quarter and finished the game with it, played the best game that I've seen him play."

Schwartz didn’t rule out Stanton for next Sunday. Last season, Matthew Stafford suffered the same injury and played in a game four days later. Most likely, it’ll be a gametime decision, and Schwartz will have to choose between Stanton and Hill, who’s still battling a finger injury.

There’s a chance Stafford also could play, but that doesn’t seem quite as likely.

"We'll keep an open mind on all three guys and by the end of the week we'll have a pretty good plan to go forward," Schwartz said. "Drew definitely played well but we have a lot of other considerations."

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Posted on: December 15, 2010 10:10 am
 

Hot Routes 12.15.10: McNabb booed at Wizards game

Posted by Will Brinson



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  • So, the Wizards and the Lakers played at the Verizon Center in D.C. on Tuesday. Donovan McNabb, the quarterback (OR PERHAPS NOT!) for the Washington Redskins, decided to attend. And, apparently, he was booed. That's according to Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post ... well, actually it's according to tons of people who were at the game. In particular, Jack Kogod (a.k.a. Unsilent Majority) noted this morning that the boo:cheer ratio was probably "60-40" and Mike Prada of SBN had it at "50-50." However much booing exactly occurred, the point remains that people in Washington are already sick of McNabb and the dysfunctional Redskins. So that honeymoon lasted a long time.
  • DeSean Jackson was named the NFC's Offensive Player of the Week. That's pretty good timing considering he wants a new contract. (Malcolm Jenkins, by the way, won the Defensive award.)
Posted on: November 30, 2010 9:12 pm
 

Shaun Hill could be done for season

D. Stanton could be called into duty this Sunday vs. Chicago (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Drew Stanton, it’s, once again, your turn to try to run the Lions offense.

Shuffling between Matthew Stafford, Shaun Hill and Stanton because of various injuries this season, Detroit learned Hill broke the index finger of his throwing hand during Sunday’s game, which could mean a trip to Injured Reserve.

The Detroit Free Press writes Stanton – called into duty in Week 6 to replace Hill and completed 19 of 34 passes for 222 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Detroit’s 28-20 loss to the Giants – is expected to get the start this Sunday vs. the Bears. It’s only the second career start for Stanton.

Hill broke his finger in the first half of last week’s loss to the Patriots, but he somehow managed to play in the second half anyway. The Free Press’ source said Hill won’t require surgery, but Detroit could decide to place Hill on IR, anyway. It’s also unclear when Stafford will return from his second separated shoulder of the year.

So, for now, it’s Stanton’s team, which probably means the Lions have reentered the race for next year’s No. 1 Draft pick. The Panthers – and Jimmy Clausen – can commence looking over their shoulder.

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Posted on: November 26, 2010 10:57 am
 

Hill says Pats defender tried to break his arm

Posted by Will Brinson

Well, the accusation that Shaun Hill's trying to put on a certain unnamed Patriots player is that he purposely tried to break his arm.

Hill, who was injured right as Matthew Stafford returned from a shoulder injury, returned right as Stafford was injured again, and, apparently, nearly suffered a similar arm injury during a Thanksgiving loss to New England, because someone in the pile on the Patriots side was going after his busted arm.

"That's why I eventually gave up the ball," Hill said, according to the MLive. "Somebody was down there [in the pile] literally trying to break my arm, which is already broken. Literally, trying. And, uh, y'know, I guess wasn't seen (by officials)."

The pile is a place where evil things happen in football (so I hear from people who possess athletic prowess), so it's not a huge surprise that someone was utilizing an obvious advantage to get possession of the ball.

Plus, if a coach is going to send his one-armed quarterback with a sneak on the two-yard line (Hill by the way, added that he "loved the call"), it's kind of hard to expect the defense not to take advantage of an obvious weakness.

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Posted on: November 15, 2010 11:27 pm
 

Dr. Andrews says Stafford doesn't need surgery

Posted by Will Brinson

Many a Lions fan has fretted over the long-term health of Matthew Stafford, who seems to continually suffer with shoulder injuries. But there's some good news for both fans and the organization on that front from Monday -- Dr. James Andrews doesn't believe Stafford needs surgery.

“Dr. Andrews was very busy today, he was very booked, and he squeezed Matt in,” coach Jim Schwartz said Monday.

According to a release from the team, Andrews' diagnosis of Stafford's injury is similar to one that the team's medical staff decided on, and Stafford will simply need to go through a similar rehabilitation plan to the one he went through during his first shoulder injury this year.

That might not guarantee that Stafford stays healthy over an extended period of time, but it at least provides some hope that he can get healthy and get back to developing as a potential franchise quarterback.

And it also opens up the possibility that Stafford could return by mid-December, which is much better than initial reports that he was done for the year.

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Posted on: November 13, 2010 10:33 pm
 

Week 10 injury news and analysis, part IV

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Panthers at Buccaneers

Tampa Bay center Jeff Faine, who’s missed the past four games, badly wants to get back into action after dealing with a quadriceps injury, while T Jeremy Trueblood (out the past two contests with a knee) looks to return as well. Both are questionable and game-time decisions.

Faine had full participation in all three practices this week, while Trueblood was full-go for two of them, but Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris wants to see how they look in pregame warmups before giving them the go-ahead.

For Carolina, RBs Jonathan Stewart (concussion) and DeAngelo Williams (foot) are out and won’t play. So that’s, you know, not a great sign for the Panthers. LB Nic Harris, meanwhile, is probable.

Lions at Bills

It looks like QB Shaun Hill will get the chance to replace the injured Matthew Stafford for the second time this season. Hill, who broke his forearm the first time he took over the Detroit offense this year, is probable to make his return to the game. Among the questionables for the Lions: DE Cliff Avril, S C.C. Brown, CB Chris Houston and CB Alphonso Smith.

Also, K Jason Hanson is out, and in response this week, Detroit signed Dave Rayner. Which is unfortunate, because I think all of us would have liked to see Ndamukong Suh take another crack at kicking point after attempts and field goals.

Three players Buffalo really could use this week are out, including LB Andra Davis, LB Shawne Merriman, and WR Roscoe Parrish.

Eagles at Redskins

There are seven Washington players on the injury report. All of them are questionable. They include OT Stephon Heyer, S LaRon Landry  QB Donovan McNabb, LB Brian Orakpo, WR Brandon Banks, RB Clinton Portis, and RB Ryan Torain.

Of those seven, Portis won’t play but Torain will, along with McNabb. A decision about Banks will be made gametime. The Redskins would like to have him back, because he’s been so good as a return specialist.

Eagles G Max Jean-Gilles, who’s been feeling the effects of a concussion, was cleared to play today. He remains questionable, though, on the injury report. Meanwhile, G Nick Cole is probable, and coach Andy Reid hasn’t determined who will start between the two of them.

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Posted on: November 11, 2010 10:59 am
 

Hot Routes 11.11.10: Booing Braylon

Posted by Will Brinson



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  • Braylon Edwards is correct that he will be booed when the Jets play in Cleveland this weekend. He is incorrect in thinking that he doesn't deserve his reputation for dropping the ball. After all, that's not like a rep for running hard or anything -- dropping the football is an easily quantifiable statistic, even if Derek Anderson is the guy throwing you the ball. Either you hold onto it or you don't. What makes his pre-Browns game behavior so bizarre is that by any account, Edwards should be humbled and thrilled that he got a chance to go somewhere else and pick up DUIs play football. And instead, he's just trying to hate on a city that deserves nothing more than pity when it comes to sports these days.
  • Rex Ryan has instituted a new "pushups for penalties" rule in Jets practice -- and said penalty includes owner Woody Johnson and GM Mike Tannenbaum, who were forced to do pushups every time the Jets committed a penalty too. We need video of this ASAP. 
  • Brian Cushing is going to maybe move back to strongside linebacker after spending some time in the middle. Not that it really matters for Houston, since people have stopped bothering trying to run against them and now just have opposing quarterbacks throw the ball as high and as far as they can on every single play. Or at least that's what it feels like.
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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