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Matthew Stafford’s Status

The Detroit Lions faced as much heart-break yesterday as any team playing on Sunday. The Lions lost to the Chicago Bears because of  late touchdown catch by Calvin Johnson that was disallowed by the ref’s. Had the touchdown stood, it would have put Detroit ahead by one, barring an extra-point.

The Lions also lost their young quarterback, Matthew Stafford, half way through the game. Stafford was knocked out of the game and could be seen on the sidelines with his injured arm in a sling.

Adam Schefter reports that the Lions will likely be without Stafford for a few weeks. Lions beat-writer Tom Kowalski tweeted that the team hasn’t indicated how long they expect Stafford to be out.

Shawn Hill was brought in yesterday to take over the offense but struggled mightily until the final drive of the game. To his defense, the Lions were pinned deep in their end zone  to start every drive and the conservative playing calling didn’t help his production.

Hill has a winning record as an NFL starter (10-6) during his time with the San Fransisco 49ers. He will  need to prove that he can move the offense next week against the Philadelphia Eagles.