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Stafford won't play Sunday, so when?

There was no chance of carrying any mystery into the weekend, and so Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz stated the obvious Wednesday: Quarterback Shaun Hill will replaced injured starter Matthew Stafford in Sunday's home opener against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Stafford is dealing with a second-degree sprain of his right shoulder and is expected to visit Dr. James Andrews this week for an examination. Surgery isn't expected, but there was never a question about his availability for this weekend.

What no one knows is how long Stafford's recovery timetable will be. Two weeks? Four? Six? Half of the season? That's the news we'll be waiting on. Stay tuned.