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Lions’ Stafford leaves game with injured knee

Associated Press

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.

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.

Johnson also left the game late with a leg injury, although the nature of the problem wasn’t clear.

Gaither OK

Baltimore Ravens left tackle Jared Gaither was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital for tests on his neck and shoulder after a collision in the backfield midway through the second quarter of the Ravens’ 27-21 loss to the New England Patriots.

Ravens spokesman Kevin Byrne announced the results of the X-rays and said Gaither was heading back to Gillette Stadium to try to return home with the team.

The 6-foot-9, 340-pound Gaither was dropping back as he blocked defensive end Jarvis Green. Defensive end Ty Warren rushed quarterback Joe Flacco from the other side, and shoved Flacco into Gaither’s back after Flacco released a short incomplete pass.

The 23-year-old Gaither remained on his back for about 10 minutes surrounded by medical personnel. He was strapped to a board, which was lifted onto a cart that took him off the field.

Pennington may return

A person familiar with Chad Pennington’s shoulder surgery says the damage was less extensive than first feared and didn’t include his rotator cuff, and the Miami Dolphins quarterback should be able to play next season if he so chooses.

The person didn’t want to be identified because the Dolphins haven’t released any information about the surgery.

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