Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert
If anyone is recommending surgery for Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford, it’s news to him. Stafford said Monday night that surgery on his right knee is “nothing that anybody is telling me, for sure.”
(Hat tip to John Niyo of the Detroit News for catching Stafford’s appearance on WJR radio.)
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported over the weekend that the Lions were concerned about swelling in Stafford’s right knee last Wednesday and sent a new MRI image to be examined by Dr. James Andrews. If the MRI dictated that surgery was necessary, Mortensen reported, Stafford’s availability for the season is in doubt.
The Lions have been secretive when it comes to injuries and other health concerns, but to this point there is no indication that Andrews has recommended surgery. The Lions will practice through the week before giving players a long weekend off for the bye.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Missed this one yesterday: The Lions used guard Stephen Peterman as a goal-line defensive tackle Sunday at Green Bay, notes Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press.
Free-agent running back Ahman Green has been trying to convince Green Bay to give him a tryout since April, reports Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Green worked out Monday for the team, along with veteran tailback Dominic Rhodes.
Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee examines a three-year problem of penalties in Green Bay.
Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wonders if the Packers can continue to live with the unreliable health of left tackle Chad Clifton.
Chicago is plotting a future without linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa (knee), writes Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Would the Bears bench left guard Frank Omiyale? Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago asks that question.
David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune would like expectations lowered for the Bears’ offensive line and running game.
Minnesota now ranks No. 24 in pass defense and could be without cornerback Antoine Winfield at Pittsburgh on Sunday, writes Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune.
Sean Jensen of the St. Paul Pioneer Press follows the war of words between Vikings defensive end Jared Allen and Baltimore tackle Michael Oher.