Stafford says he's feeling better after return to practice

Posted Sep 27, 2012

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was back on the practice field today and says he’s feeling better after aggravating a hip injury in Sunday's loss to the Titans.

“It’s a good step,” he said after practice. “I’m feeling better today than I was yesterday.”

Stafford has been dealing with a hip injury for a week and had to leave Sunday's game late in the fourth quarter after feeling the injury tighten while trying to run down a defender on a fumble return. Backup quarterback Shaun Hill had to finish the game and Stafford sat out of practice on Wednesday.

“Yeah, it was good,” Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said of getting his starting quarterback back at practice. “He got a lot of work in. Jim (Schwartz) can give you a status update today. But, he was out there and I think he feels a lot better.”

The Lions have the league’s No. 1 passing offense through the first three weeks of the season with Stafford completing 68 percent of his passes for 863 yards with three touchdowns and four interceptions.

The Lions face a Vikings team on Sunday that currently ranks No. 8 against the pass.