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Matthew Stafford's Third Shoulder Injury Might End His Season

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford, former Georgia Bulldogs star, re-injured his throwing shoulder Sunday against the New York Jets and may be done for the year. The initial shoulder injury, a grade 2 separation, caused him to miss five games already this season. He returned to throw six touchdowns in two games before suffering an even more severe grade 3 injury.

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Stafford has already missed 11 games in his two-year career since being drafted No. 1 by the Lions. He's played very well, considering his surroundings, with his rookie year numbers improving across the board so far in year two. His tandem with former Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets WR Calvin Johnson produced three touchdowns last week, and TE Brandon Pettigrew has recently emerged as a productive tight end.

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During his three years as the Dawgs starting quarterback, Stafford didn't miss any games. This is the third time he's hurt his throwing shoulder.

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