Lions' Stafford needs MRI, X-rays

Updated: October 5, 2009, 11:38 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

CHICAGO -- Detroit Lions rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford and receiver Calvin Johnson left during the fourth quarter of Sunday's 48-24 loss to the Chicago Bears because of leg injuries.

Stafford suffered a subluxation of his right knee in which his knee cap popped out of its normal position but popped back in, a Lions source told ESPN Senior NFL Analyst Chris Mortensen. A series of X-rays and MRIs will determine if Stafford damaged any cartilage around the knee cap, but sources said such an injury is not normally a season-ender. He will undergo more tests in Detroit.

One medical source even suggested that Stafford could play next week with a brace, but that will be determined by the pain and stability of the knee. He also could miss a week or longer, pending more comprehensive tests.

The Lions had a third down at the Bears 6 when Stafford twisted his right knee as he was sacked for an 11-yard loss by Adewale Ogunleye.

That forced Detroit to kick a field goal, which cut Chicago's lead to 34-24 with 8:15 left. Daunte Culpepper replaced Stafford on the Lions' next possession, and Stafford got the knee wrapped on the sideline.

"If I was feeling a little bit better they would've let me back in," said Stafford, who threw for 296 yards.

Johnson, who had 133 yards receiving, also left the game late with a leg injury, although the nature of the problem wasn't clear.

"I tried loosening my legs up, they got a little tight," he said. "I'll be all right, though."

Linebacker Ernie Sims also aggravated a right shoulder injury and left the game late in the third quarter.

Information from The Associated Press and ESPN Senior NFL Analyst Chris Mortensen was used in this report.

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