ALLEN PARK, Mich., Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Detroit Lions rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford has been placed on the season-ending injured reserve list with a right knee injury.
The No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 NFL draft, a 6-foot-2, 225-pounder from the University of Georgia, also sustained a left (non-throwing) shoulder injury Nov. 22 while rallying the Lions to a 38-37 win over the Cleveland Browns.
"He'll be operated on Tuesday for a minor knee procedure," Coach Jim Schwartz said Thursday on the team's Web site. (It's an operation) that we knew we were going to have to do at the end of the season. It's just a little clean up, but we're going to get a week jump on."
Stafford finishes with a 53.3 passing percentage for 2,267 yards with 13 touchdowns and 20 interceptions.
He had either a touchdown pass or a rushing touchdown in all 10 games he started.