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Detroit Lions Rookie MinicampAfter losing starting nickel-back Bill Bently last week with a torn ACL. The Detroit Lions may have now lost rookie and back-up nickel-back Nevin Lawson, who reportedly suffered a dislocated foot during the Lions’ 24-7 loss to the Panthers on Sunday.

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Lawson, who went down during the third quarter while on punt return, had to be carted off the field. Now we have learned that after being carted off, Lawson was rushed into immediate surgery at a local Charlotte hospital.


“He dislocated his foot, so he is actually in surgery as we speak,” head coach Jim Caldwell said of Lawson after the game. “We are praying for the young man, but he is in good hands right now. They are operating on him and we’ll see what the prognosis is after.”

Based on the further post game comments from head coach Jim Caldwell, he is not optimistic that Lawson could return this season.


“It’s a pretty significant injury, being honest with you,” Caldwell replied. “Until the doctors give us a prognosis in terms of time, but chances are .. the injury he has is pretty significant.”

Just like Bentley’s injury, the injury to Lawson couldn’t come at a worse time, considering the Lions only have three healthy cornerbacks on the roster left with Rashean Mathis, Darius Slay and Cassius Vaughn.

Then if that’s not enough, the Lions are also somewhat limited at safety too. Starting safety James Ihedigbo hasn’t played at all this year, nor has backup safety Don Carey. Although, Isa Abdul-Quddus, and Glover Quin are the starting safeties right now. Keep in mind that after them, the Lions only have un-drafted rookie Jerome Couplin and safety Nate Ness, who was brought up from practice squad this week, as their only other healthy safeties on the roster.

Considering the Lions will be facing quarterback Aaron Rogers and that talented Green Bay Packer offense next Sunday. There is no question that the Lions need to add some depth to this secondary immediately, especially at the cornerback position, since that is where they lack the most depth.

Now last week, the Lions brought in a quite a few free cornerbacks for a workout, including Chris Clemons, Roc Carmichael, Dimitri Patterson and Champ Bailey. However, when the time came to sign one, as I mentioned above, the Lions decided to go in-house as they promoted safety Nate Ness from the practice squad.

At this point, if they don’t plan on signing some of the cornerbacks I mentioned above like Bailey, Patterson, Carmichael or Clemons. I think it’s safe to say that going into this week of practice, the Lions will probably host another set of workouts or at least consider promoting practice-squad defensive back Mohammed Seisay, who was considered this past week before Ness was promoted.

One thing’s for sure, the Lions have to add some depth to the cornerback position and they have to do it fast.


“You have to make adjustments,” Caldwell continued when asked what the plan was now. “Week in and week out, everybody has to deal with some of the same types of issues. It’s a 100 percent injury rate and some guys will be able to bounce back and play. Other guys, obviously, will be out for a length of time, and when we’re missing a guy or two, we have to make adjustments.”

Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Editor of Radio One Detroit

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