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Stafford's rookie season ends on IR

Updated: December 24, 2009, 1:35 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The season is over for Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, who has been placed on injured reserve ahead of what the team calls minor right knee surgery.

Coach Jim Schwartz says the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 draft was to have undergone the surgery after the season. But Stafford was placed on injured reserve Wednesday after a physical exam indicated he wouldn't be ready to play in the Jan. 3 season finale against Chicago.

Stafford will fly Tuesday ...

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