Insiders Stephen Holder and Dave Birkett talk about the Detroit Lions’ preseason victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, Aug. thirteen, 2017, at Lucas Oil Stadium.
One preseason recreation, two gamers misplaced to season-ending accidents
Lions linebacker Brandon Copeland suffered a torn pectoral muscle in Sunday’s exhibition win over the Indianapolis Colts and certain will miss the season, an individual knowledgeable of his damage however not approved to speak about it publicly advised the Free Press.
Copeland might bear surgical procedure as quickly as this week, and the Lions would wish to hold him on their roster via the primary cuts of the season subsequent month to ensure that him to return this yr.
The Lions beat the Colts, 24-10, however misplaced Copeland and defensive finish Kerry Hyder to accidents within the first half.
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Hyder, who led the Lions with eight sacks last season, suffered a torn Achilles tendon and will miss the year.
Copeland has been a key special-teams player for the Lions each of the last two seasons and was competing for the starting strong side linebacker job this summer.
Along with linebacker, Copeland has played as a rotational defensive end, currently the Lions’ thinnest position on defense.
Starting right end Ziggy Ansah is on the physically unable to perform list with a leg injury but expected back by the start of the season, Cornelius Washington, who’s expected to replace Hyder at left end, has battled an ankle injury much of the summer, and backup Armonty Bryant is suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the league’s policy on substances of abuse.
The Lions are weighing potential replacements at defensive end, but no signing is imminent and might find better a viable pass rusher at roster cut-down day next month.
With Copeland out, Antwione Williams becomes the favorite to start at strong side linebacker for the Lions this fall.
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