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Thursday, September 23, 2010
BBAO: Slow progress for Matthew Stafford

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

We're Black and Blue All Over:

Many of you have been asking about a timetable for the return of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, and the best answer right now is that it will be a while.

As we've discussed, an injury to a quarterback's throwing shoulder is usually treated with extreme caution. But 10 days after the injury, according to Chris McCosky of the Detroit News, Stafford still can't use his right arm to tie his shoes. He can lift the arm over his head, but obviously he has significant work to do before he can begin throwing.

There aren't many tea leaves to read on this one. It's obvious the Lions think Stafford will return at some point this season, or else they would have placed him on injured reserve. But initial discussions of a six-week timetable seem to be a solid baseline at this point.

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