Scanning the Savanna

Quarterbacks make this league go round, and the improving Detroit Lions have a lot invested in their young signal-caller, Matthew Stafford.

In one respect, the Detroit Lions caught a break with the news that the NFL Players Association has decertified as a union and the pro football world could go dark for several months.

The news is not good. The thick black line indicates the NFL average. The bright yellow line indicates the best-PFF-graded ILB in the NFL, Lawrence Timmons. The bronze-ish line shows the worst-PFF-graded ILB in the NFL, Jonathan Vilma. That every single one of the Lions’ ILB are between the black line and bronze line is not good.

There have been different accounts about the contact NFL teams will be allowed with players who are rehabilitating injuries. But this much is clear: Unless some rules are changed, quarterback Matthew Stafford isn’t going to be allowed to rehabilitate his surgically-repaired right shoulder at the team’s facility on a daily basis.

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford took some time out of his schedule and the concerns of the NFL collective bargaining negotiations to judge a slam dunk competition at the 2011 Subway High School All-Star Basketball Game at Pensacola State College

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