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Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Black and Blue all over: Stafford says no surgery

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

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.

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