Lions Notes: Matthew Stafford Voted FedEx Air Player Of The Week

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 18: Dominic Raiola #51 of the Detroit Lions gets ready to hike the football to Matthew Stafford #9 during a NFL game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Ford Field on September 18, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
  • Matthew Stafford was voted the FedEx Air Player of the Week over Tom Brady and Tony Romo. For winning the award, FedEx will donate $2,000 in Stafford's name to the local Junior Achievement offices in Southeastern Michigan.
  • After watching some film of Stafford, ESPN's Trent Dilfer has become a big fan of the Lions quarterback.
  • Scott Linehan said earlier this week that Stafford has complete freedom to change plays at the line of scrimmage. 
  • ESPN's Mark Schlereth criticized Jeff Backus earlier this week over how much Tamba Hali was able to get to Stafford in last Sunday's game. Jim Schwartz reacted to the comments by saying this: "People that don't work here or play here or coach here have no relevant opinion." Schlereth responded to Schwartz's comment by tweeting this: "Love it that's what he should say."
  • Although Nick Fairley did return to practice on Friday, Schwartz said that this is only the first step. He added that Fairley has a long way to go, so I wouldn't expect the 2011 first-round pick to see the field for at least another couple of weeks.

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