Sunday, September 12, 2010
Matthew Stafford injured in opener
ESPN.com news services
CHICAGO -- Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford's status for the next game is uncertain after he left the season opener against Chicago with a right shoulder injury following a blindside sack by the Bears' Julius Peppers.
Shaun Hill started the third quarter in place of Stafford, whose arm was in a sling as he stood on the sideline. The Lions would not say if he had X-rays.
Stafford said he will go through tests this week and is not sure if he'll be ready for the Lions' game against Philadelphia.
"I don't know, we'll see," he said. "I will try, though."
The Bears' Matt Forte had just scored an 89-yard touchdown on a screen to pull Chicago within 14-10 when Stafford went down. He was hit in the shoulder by Peppers as he dropped back to pass and landed on it, the ball coming loose in the process.
Chicago's Tommie Harris recovered, and the Bears took over on the 37 after a 15-yard penalty against Brian Urlacher with 15 seconds left. Robbie Gould ended the half with a 31-yard field goal, pulling Chicago within 14-13.
After the game, Peppers checked on Stafford and spoke to the quarterback.
"I just wanted to know how he was doing and what happened because he's a great young player and I don't want to see him out for the whole year," Peppers said. "I was just checking up on him seeing if he'll be back."
Lions cornerback Aaron Berry, who had an interception in the first half, left the game with a shoulder injury.
Bears linebackers Nick Roach (hamstring) and Hunter Hillenmeyer (illness) left the game.
Information from The Associated Press and ESPNChicago.com's Jeff Dickerson was used in this report.