BBAO: Awaiting Matthew Stafford news

We're Black and Blue All Over:

As we await clarity on the 2010 future of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com notes a telling quote from presumptive starter Drew Stanton. Speaking on a local television program, Stanton said Stafford will "determine what's best for him and his career in the long run and move forward with whatever decision's done."

Does that mean Stafford might have season-ending surgery on his right shoulder? Does he just need to decide whether to shut himself down for an extended period of time? Lions coach Jim Schwartz said Monday that surgical options weren't being considered, but Kowalski has reported that the team had initial fears Stafford would be lost for the season regardless.

In the meantime, the Lions claimed quarterback Zac Robinson on waivers from the Seattle Seahawks Robinson, a rookie from Oklahoma State, was a seventh-round draft pick of the New England Patriots and had spent time on both the Seahawks' practice squad and 53-man roster during the regular season. Stanton was the Lions' only healthy quarterback. Shaun Hill is recovering from a fractured left forearm.

Continuing around the NFC North: