Matthew Stafford underwent successful shoulder surgery today.
Wait, I thought he didn’t need surgery, right? Were we lied to? Not really, according to head coach Jim Schwartz:
After Matt hurt his shoulder in the Jets game he was examined by both our medical staff and Dr. Andrews. There was a consensus at the time to proceed with a rehabilitation program and not to have surgery. Subsequent evaluations toward the end of the season by our staff and Dr. Andrews also confirmed that Matt had been making good progress with his rehab. But after Matt’s most recent visit to Dr. Andrews, it was determined by Dr. Andrews that Matt’s healing process could be enhanced by undergoing surgery at this time.
Hey, if it helps the healing process then I’m all for it, especially if it means he will be good to go by the time training camp starts (and it hopefully will start eventually).
The surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews, the world renowned orthopedist who has certainly gained notoriety with the fantasy sports playing world. Dr. Andrews expressed his optimism for Stafford’s future in a statement today:
Matthew’s procedure (AC joint repair) today was very successful. It went very well. We now have plenty of time for a full recovery in order for him to get ready for next season. The procedure is the same one that we have successfully performed on a number of NFL quarterbacks. Matthew has one of the strongest arms in the League and I am confident that he will be as strong as ever.