The Detroit Lions are holding out hope former No. 1 overall pick Matthew Stafford will make it back on the field in 2010.
The decision came after a visit to Dr. James Andrews, the noted Birmingham, Ala.-based surgeon. Andrews recommended that Stafford follow a rehab plan similar to the one he went through when he injured his shoulder for the first time earlier this year.
"When he's going to be back from this is when he's healthy and he's ready," Schwartz said on Monday. "There is no timetable."
On Sunday, Stafford missed the 12th game of his two-year career since being selected No. 1 overall in 2009.
Stafford was traveling back to Detroit on Monday after his latest evaluation.
Andrews' viewpoint was consistent with the diagnosis from the Lions medical staff, which will supervise Stafford's rehabilitation process that began last week.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.