Lions' Stafford quiet about rehab, but he did say no setbacks so far

Sept. 30, 2010 at 4:30 a.m.

By Dave Birkett

Detroit Free Press


Matthew Stafford wouldn't say Thursday whether he had resumed throwing as part of his rehab from a sprained right shoulder. He wouldn't even define what "light throwing" meant.

"It is kind of self-explanatory," Stafford said, adding later, "It's obviously not going out and throwing as far as you can as hard as you can right away, but somewhere between no throwing and that."

Stafford, the Lions' second-year quarterback, met with reporters for five minutes Thursday, and for the third straight week declined to provide any specifics about an injury that has sidelined him for most of the season.

He has not played since the first half of the season-opening loss to the Bears. Shaun Hill will start his third straight game in Stafford's place Sunday at Green Bay.

"I'm just rehabbing right now, just taking it day by day, doing the best that I can trying to get out as soon as I can," said Stafford, who has missed eight of 19 games due to injury in his career.

Stafford, who said Monday he would begin "light throwing," acknowledged Thursday that light throwing was "obviously going to be part of my rehab getting back at some point." He also said he was "on pace" with his recovery, but insisted no one in the organization had put a timetable on his return.

"I feel like I'm doing what I'm supposed to be doing and haven't had any major setbacks or anything so that's a positive," Stafford said. "I'm obviously trying to get back out there as soon as I possibly can, but at the same time I want to be 100% healthy or very close to it and ready to go when I'm out there. I don't want to be dinged up and not playing at a high level."


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