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Stafford Says He’s 100 Percent and Ready to Go

Matthew Stafford emphatically says he’s ready to go after working his way back from surgery in January on his right shoulder.

The Lions quarterback was limited to three games in 2010 because he separated his throwing shoulder twice. Now, he’s 100 percent.

“I feel great,” Stafford told Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press “Healthwise, I feel as good as I ever have, so I’m ready to go.”

Stafford has been doing some throwing here and there this offseason. He popped up at the Georgia spring game. More recently, he’s thrown with Titus Young(notes), the Lions’ second-round draft pick from Boise State. The Lions will have a player-organized workout later today and Stafford is expected to participate.

“I’m excited about No. 1 being healthy going into the year and hopefully playing all 16 games or more,” Stafford said. “We have all the core guys, major guys, coming back, which is great, and we’ve added some new guys, (Nick) Fairley and (running back Mikel) Leshoure and Young. Those are guys that we’re looking to help us out as much as they can early on and I’m excited about it.”

If the Lions stay healthy, Stafford projects they can be “pretty good.” It’s going to start with the No. 1 overall pick from 2009 proving he can remain healthy.


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