Schwartz, Stafford mum on injury

DETROIT — Neither Matthew Stafford nor coach Jim Schwartz would shed any light Monday on how seriously the Detroit Lions’ quarterback was hurt when he left in the fourth quarter of a 44-41 overtime loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

Stafford strained a muscle in his right leg — he said either his hamstring or glute — while chasing Alterraun Verner on a 72-yard fumble-return touchdown. He underwent an MRI exam Monday.

“I don’t have any comment on how anything went with him,” Schwartz said. “He wasn’t able to finish the game; Shaun Hill came in and finished the game for us, and we’ll see how (Stafford) progresses through this week.”

Stafford declined to comment, too, saying he’ll talk to reporters as he usually does on Wednesdays. He showed no obvious effects of the injury as he made his way across the locker room.

“I’m not really concerned,” receiver Nate Burleson said. “He’s tough. He’s actually been dealing with a little bit of a strain leading up to the week, so he managed to get out there and play.

“I would expect him to (play Sunday, against the Minnesota Vikings). If not, you see what Shaun Hill came in and did.”

Hill completed 10-of-13 passes for 172 yards and led the Lions to two touchdowns in the final 18 seconds of regulation against the Titans. He was stopped for a 1-yard loss on a fourth-down quarterback sneak in overtime, ending the game.

Stafford, who missed most of his first two seasons with shoulder and knee injuries, played all 16 games last year for the first time in his career. He played through a broken finger and sprained ankle along the way.

Hill will start Sunday if Stafford can’t play.

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