Roundup: Stafford healthy and ready for 2010

One of the most memorable moments of the 2009 season happened when rookie QB Matthew Stafford got drilled while throwing a pass against the Browns, had to be helped off the field, and then returned to throw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Pettigrew to lead the Lions to the win.

Stafford was clutching his left (non-throwing) shoulder after tossing the touchdown pass, a testament to his toughness. Stafford battled shoulder and knee injuries during his first season, but told the Detroit Free Press that he is healthy and ready for 2010.

“I feel a lot better,” Stafford said. “My shoulder feels good. My knee’s feeling a lot better. As far as throwing the ball, I can step into it and let it go as good as I ever have.”

Other news making its way Around the Web on Monday:

  • Jets LB Jason Taylor is adjusting to life with his new team, but he is going to need a new number according to the Palm Beach Post. Taylor was signing autographs and he caught himself before he signed No. 99, his number with the Dolphins for 12 years. No. 99 is already being worn by Bryan Thomas in New York, meaning he will have to not only get used to wearing green, but a new number as well.
  • Favre Watch update: Vikings WR Percy Harvin told the Palm Beach Post that he feels that it is 50-50 whether Brett Favre will return to Minnesota. Come on Percy, a coin could have told us that. Harvin did say that he was hoping that Favre comes back, saying the two have a special relationship that extends beyond the football, where Favre has served as a mentor. “Brett, he’s really a goof,” Harvin said. “We just clown, talk about some TV show or something. We don’t even talk about football. He might feel I’m trying to pressure him. I just let him be him. He’ll make the decision that’s best for him.”
  • The Bengals signing a high-profile free-agent WR this offseason was not a surprise. That it was Antonio Bryant and not Terrell Owens, might have been. Bryant is excited about his opportunity to play with the Bengals and QB Carson Palmer, and he will not miss former Bucs QB Jeff Garcia (via the Cincinnati Enquirer). “You talk about timing – it doesn’t exist with him,” Bryant said. “With Jeff, he’s a good player, but for the most part you have to prepare to run two routes: The first route, and then the Jeff route. If (the play) broke down especially with his height you knew you had to make plays.”
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