Stafford won't have surgery

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Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has been injured so much in his two-year career that he welcomes the slightest bit of good news.

The former Georgia quarterback said Wednesday he will not have surgery on his right throwing shoulder. He said he will focus instead on rehabilitation.

Stafford's separated right shoulder will keep him out of a second consecutive game Sunday and his seventh overall this season. Shaun Hill will start against Dallas in a matchup of 2-7 teams.

Saints: Although Reggie Bush has returned to practice on a limited basis, the star running back isn't yet certain he'll play Sunday against Seattle.

The decision on whether he can return from a broken bone in lower right leg will be made by the team at the end of this week.

VIKINGS: Brett Favre says his shoulder feels "OK" and that he's not "overly concerned" about his latest injury.

- Wide receiver Sidney Rice says he's not putting his earning power above the team in his slow recovery from hip surgery.

The former South Carolina standout said he has "not spoken about money" once since he joined the Vikings in 2007.

STEELERS: Wide receiver Hines Ward cleared his post-concussion tests and practiced in full pads with Pittsburgh.

BILLS: Rookie running back C.J. Spiller apologized for using a derogatory term toward gays that he posted on his Twitter account.

The apology was posted Wednesday afternoon, shortly after Spiller used the term while exchanging tweets with close friend and ex-Clemson teammate, Eagles defensive end Ricky Sapp. The original tweet has been deleted.

JAGUARS: The Pro Football Hall of Fame plans to put Mike Thomas' jersey and gloves and the ball he caught on a "Hail Mary" pass from David Garrard on display.

Thomas caught a 50-yard pass from Garrard on the final play Sunday to beat Houston 31-24 after Texans cornerback Glover Quin batted the ball right into Thomas' hands near the goal line.


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