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Lions QB Stafford will be evaluated by noted orthopedic surgeon

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Dr. James Andrews will evaluate an MRI on Detroit Lions rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford's injured right knee Monday, after which the team will make a decision on how to proceed regarding treatment, NFL Network's Jason La Canfora reports.

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TD/INT: 3/6

Stafford, the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft, didn't play for the second consecutive game Sunday when the Lions were blanked by the Green Bay Packers 26-0. And Lions coach Jim Schwartz said Monday that he didn't know if Stafford would practice this week, next week or the following one.

"As soon as he's ready and he's able to get out there, we'll get him back on the practice field," Schwartz said. "He's doing everything he can to get back, and we're doing everything we can to get him back, and that's the philosophy we'll take with it."

Stafford wasn't available to the media Monday, but he said immediately following Sunday's loss that he was unaware of any report about Andrews reviewing his MRI results and he had no plans to travel to Birmingham, Ala. where the doctor practices.

Stafford's backup, Daunte Culpepper, hurt his right hamstring early in the second half against the Packers, and third-stringer Drew Stanton finished the game. Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson also missed Sunday's game because of a right knee injury.

However, Schwartz is optimistic that his banged-up team will be at full strength after the bye week.

"The injuries that we have are short term," Schwartz said. "Short term may mean that they're back on the practice field this week. It may mean that they have two or three more weeks, but they're all in that sort of time frame."

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The Lions (1-5) plan to have workouts Wednesday, Thursday and Friday during their bye week.

"I'm not a believer in taking the whole week off," Schwartz said. "There's a lot of work to do, and we need to take advantage of this week in more than just getting rest. We need time for the staff to try to evaluate where we've gone wrong, where we've done well and to get a good blueprint for moving forward for the final 10 games."

The Lions host the 0-6 St. Louis Rams on Nov. 1.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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