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Friday, February 11, 2011
BBAO: Matthew Stafford is doing 'fine'

By Kevin Seifert

We're Black and Blue All Over:

Part of me wishes I could have been a fly on the wall Thursday during Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz's speech to the Michigan Associated Press Sports Editors association. Access and information are always important issues for state APSE groups, and Schwartz has presided over a significant tightening on injury details disseminated by the team.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Schwartz gave a "long explanation" for his approach. Asked specifically about quarterback Matthew Stafford, who is recovering from right shoulder surgery, Schwartz did say: "In a nutshell, Matt is doing fine," according to Eric Lacy of the Detroit News. He added that it would be difficult to find an NFL quarterback who didn't recover from the kind of AC joint separation that Stafford suffered last November.

It's going to be tough to measure Stafford's progress this offseason regardless. With a lockout looming early next month, the Lions' early offseason strength and conditioning program will be canceled. It's not clear when or if NFL teams will get on the practice field before the start of the 2011 season.

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