Detroit Lions fans could certainly use some good news.
On Sunday, the Detroit Lions received a double whammy of disappointment when the future of their franchise, Matthew Stafford, was injured on the final offensive play in the first half of the Lions' 19-14 loss to the Chicago Bears.
Following that blow, receiver Calvin Johnson had a sure touchdown reception in the final minutes of the game overturned by officials.Â Johnson caught the ball, secured it, and planted both feet in the endzone, before falling and hitting the ball on the turf, knocking it loose.Â The call has been under heavy scrutiny today, considering the score would've clinched the game for Detroit.
Luckily, news recently broke from Freep.com that Stafford will not need surgery to repair his injured throwing shoulder.
According to head coach Jim Schwartz, "We've had some good returns from his test that it doesn't look like surgery is going to be needed.Â But how much time he misses is still going to be up in the air."
Varying reports have Stafford returning anywhere from 3-to-8 weeks.Â Either way, the Lions fate is now in the not-so-capable hands of San Francisco 49er castoff Shaun Hill.
Hill went 9-19 for 88 yards and one interception in place of Stafford on Sunday.Â Not promising for a team with such high hopes entering the season.Â After drafting electric Cal running back Jahvid Best and basically revamping their entire defense, Lions fans where optimistic for the first time in years.