Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, has announced he is separating with his shoulder of 22 years, the right one.
"It's a very painful time right now," said Stafford. "But we're wanting different things. I want to stay together, but it clearly doesn't want to."
This is not the first time Stafford and his shoulder have separated. They also broke up during a game last November against the Browns in which Stafford threw five touchdowns.
"When we're together and things are going well, they're really good," said Stafford. "But I just don't think my shoulder is ready for commitment. You know, it's only 22. Maybe it's too soon to get tied down with one body."
Lions officials say they hope to reunite the pair.
"We think they make a great couple," said head coach Jim Schwartz. "Everyone loves being around them. I'm sure if they just give it a few weeks, they'll decide to reunite for good."
Those close to Stafford's shoulder say it loves Stafford, but that it doesn't want to live in Detroit.