Report: Lions QB Stanton placed on IR, out for season

Aug 3, 2007 - 10:50 PM DETROIT (Ticker) -- The Detroit Lions said hello to Calvin Johnson and goodbye by to fellow rookie Drew Stanton on the same day.

According to the Detroit Free Press on Friday, Stanton was placed on injured reserve just days after undergoing arthroscopic right knee surgery.

Drafted 43rd overall out of Michigan State last April, Stanton underwent the procedure on Tuesday after experiencing swelling three days earlier. He was expected to battle Dan Orlovsky for the backup role to starter Jon Kitna.

The news comes not to long after Johnson, the second overall pick, ended his eight-day holdout, signing a reported six-year, $64 million contract.

Stanton, who inked a four-year deal on July 25, threw for 6,524 yards and 42 touchdowns with 28 interceptions in 36 appearances during his career with the Spartans.

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