Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford had surgery on his right shoulder today down in Pensacola, Florida. Dr. James Andrews performed the operation, which was done to repair Stafford's right AC joint. Originally Andrews recommended that Stafford continue rehab as the best path to recovery, but after the two met on Monday this week, the decision was made to go the surgery route.
Dr. James Andrews had this to say about the procedure in a statement released by the Lions:
"Matthew’s procedure (AC joint repair) today was very successful. It went very well. We now have plenty of time for a full recovery in order for him to get ready for next season. The procedure is the same one that we have successfully performed on a number of NFL quarterbacks. Matthew has one of the strongest arms in the League and I am confident that he will be as strong as ever."
When we found out after the season that Stafford was not going to have surgery, I was squarely on the side of the people who thought he should just go under the knife. Rehab obviously could have resulted in him being healthy as well, but surgery seems like it will make his shoulder the strongest in the long run and set him up to have a better chance of preventing this injury in the future. I'm not quite sure why surgery wasn't on the table until now, but perhaps the recovery by only rehab wasn't going quite as well as they hoped. I'm obviously no doctor, though.
Whatever the case, the surgery will keep Stafford out the next three to four months, meaning he will miss the majority of offseason activities (if they are even held). He should be back in time for the minicamp in June if there is one, and based on the recovery timetable he should be 100 percent ready to go for training camp.