Head Coach Jim Schwartz announced Thursday morning that the Detroit Lions will put starting quarterback Matthew Stafford on Injured/Reserve.
Stafford will undergo a minor knee surgery on Tuesday to the knee he suffered an injury to Week 4 at Chicago. The procedure entails cleaning up irritants that have been lasting from the injury.
Schwartz: “It’s not a repair, it’s not anything other than a clean out because it’s irritated. It’s stuff that you manage, but one thing you want to do is to put that behind you. You don’t have to want to manage that in the spring, next year, or further along in your career.”
A combination of Stafford’s shoulder injury, which Schwartz said is progressing fine, and his knee would keep him out of the season finale against Chicago.
Since the team knew Stafford would need this minor surgery following the season anyway, Schwartz and the staff decided to get a jump start.
Schwartz: “(It was us saying), is it realistic that he’s going to be on the field next Sunday? Probably not, so let’s go ahead and get started on this. When he comes back up here or he’s with us for the Chicago game, he’ll be able to finish up in meetings and stuff like that and then exit out and we don’t have that happening after the season.
“This is a procedure that our doctors and everybody associated anticipate him walking actually out of the operating room.”
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