Healing Lions QB Stafford throws with WRs from around league

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Staffordtweeted Thursday that he was going to throw with favorite target Calvin Johnson, Detroit's second-round draft pick Titus Young, Philadelphia Eagles receiver Chad Hall, Bengals first-rounder A.J. Green and Seahawks fourth-round pick Kris Durham. Green and and Durham are fellow University of Georgia alums.

"Gotta stay ready," Stafford wrote.

Stafford later tweeted that he didn't meet up with Johnson and Young Thursday but would definitely throw to them over the next two days.

The third-year pro suffered a shoulder separation -- the second such injury of the 2010 season -- during a Nov. 7 game against the New York Jets. Stafford originally hurt the shoulder when he was knocked out of the season opener against the Chicago Bears on a sack by defensive lineman Julius Peppers.

He underwent surgery in January and was expected to be sidelined up to four months.

Stafford increased his throwing over the month of March, tweeting March 26 that his arm felt good after throwing a lot the previous day.

Stafford, the first overall selection in the 2009 draft, signed a then-record contract that included over $40 million guaranteed. He left Georgia after his junior year but has been around campus at times this spring, including for Georgia's pro day.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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