It was announced locally that Stafford will sit out the rest of this year.
This is two times this season missing time because of a serparated right shoulder. If my reading of the medical side of this is correct, both separations were very close to complete dislocations. So, the injuries could have been worse, but not much.
His other shoulder injury was last year, but that was his left one. He also missed time last season with a knee injury.
That is four stretches of games missed due to injury in two seasons. When he has played, especially this year, he has been very, very good.
The Lions indeed have a quandary this offseason. They have already signed Hill for next year, so they are set at backup. Stanton surprised us with his play late in the Bucs game, driving down the field with no timeouts to tie the game and then following that up with a game winning drive in OT. He is set to become a free agent this year. Do they keep him at #3 or let him walk?
Backus and Raiola are both having strong seasons. But those two are getting up there in age. This Hilliard kid who came in when Gosder Cherilus (bust, BTW. Thanks Millen!!) got hurt is playing very well. So, upgrading the O-line is a must this year. But so is the back seven of the defense.
This team has so many needs. And not just for starters, quality backups and special teamers would help a ton.
But Stafford is the lynchpin. I believe the kid has had a run of awful luck and that his fortunes will change.
Let's hope I'm right.
Screw you guys, I'm going home.