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Lions’ Drayton Florence on IR after playing through broken arm

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The Lions were without both of their starting cornerbacks on Sunday in San Francisco, which forced Drayton Florence into the starting lineup. The good news is that the Lions’ starters, Chris Houston and Bill Bentley, are back at practice today. The bad news is that Florence got hurt against the 49ers.

Detroit announced today that Florence has been placed on injured reserve, and the Lions are taking advantage of the new rule that allows them to designate Florence for return. That means he’ll be eligible to return to practice after Week Eight, and to play starting in Week Ten.

Florence suffered a broken arm against the 49ers and needed surgery to put the bone back in place, but he finished the game after the injury. That earned him the praise of Lions coach Jim Schwartz.

I’ve got a lot of respect for that guy,” Schwartz said. “He’s played a lot of football in the NFL, came in here and learned the system very quickly and got thrown into the fire very quickly. I thought he acquitted himself very well. And the team needed him. We were so short on corners that he really couldn’t come out of the game, and he went and soldiered through. We didn’t know it was broke until afterwards because, mainly, he just didn’t tell anybody. He didn’t let anybody really get a feel for it. But he had surgery.”

While he’s on injured reserve, Florence won’t count against the Lions’ 53-man roster. His space is being taken by running back Mikel Leshoure, who has been activated from the reserve/suspended list after missing the first two games while serving a suspension for his two offseason marijuana possession arrests.

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15 Responses to “Lions’ Drayton Florence on IR after playing through broken arm”
  1. mikealstott says: Sep 19, 2012 5:50 PM

    What a pus… One time I played a game with a broken neckbone…

  2. realfann says: Sep 19, 2012 5:58 PM

    Aldon Smith’s driver walked away from the accident with a broken back.

  3. mintberrycrunch1 says: Sep 19, 2012 5:58 PM

    Draymond is still a legit CB, can’t wait to add him back late in the year to a HOPEFULLY healthy secondary. Mad props to him for finishing the game without telling anyone about the broken arm.

  4. shaggytoodle says: Sep 19, 2012 6:01 PM

    Well good thing for the Lions, they dumped a big chunk money into the defensive line. So they planned on trying to mask thier secondary anyway.

  5. 4t9er says: Sep 19, 2012 6:08 PM

    @mikealstott, people don’t get sarcasm. I hope Florence recovers to come back and help the Lions.

  6. tigers182 says: Sep 19, 2012 6:28 PM

    shaggy: Who’d they add on the dline? Everette Brown? He was cut.

  7. mintberrycrunch1 says: Sep 19, 2012 6:30 PM

    *Drayton

  8. classactcalvin81 says: Sep 19, 2012 6:38 PM

    What a soldier!! Plus love the new IR rule!! With a lil luck we get him back in time for a playoff run and if our DBs r healthy he won’t need to play such a big role and will with that alone play better!! It’s sooo cold in the D!! Go Detroit!!

  9. blackandbluedivision says: Sep 19, 2012 6:39 PM

    4t9er says:
    Sep 19, 2012 6:08 PM
    @mikealstott, people don’t get sarcasm. I hope Florence recovers to come back and help the Lions.
    ____________________

    Poorly executed sarcasm.

  10. ocdn says: Sep 19, 2012 6:41 PM

    mikealstott says: Sep 19, 2012 5:50 PM

    What a pus… One time I played a game with a broken neckbone…

    Wow….Do you want a cookie?

  11. natelan69 says: Sep 19, 2012 6:48 PM

    San Diego wishes you well, buddy. We miss you out here!

  12. mikespimpin says: Sep 19, 2012 7:15 PM

    Ill second that well wish from San Diego!

  13. shaggytoodle says: Sep 19, 2012 10:58 PM

    This might BLOW your mind, but sometimes teams can put more money into a position without gettnig new players. Its called a raise or in other cases some teams opt to use what is called a franchise tag.

    Other times salaries will go up, like Suh’s contract or drafting players in the top 15 with Fairly.

    So therefore they have a BIG chunk of salary into the Dline.

  14. skrappie32 says: Sep 20, 2012 11:55 AM

    shaggy please know what your talking about before you speak SUH has already reworked his contract Cliff avirl did not sign his deal that was offer therefore he is the ONE franchise player who might not be back next year and while im at it fairly waspick #23 out side the top 15 big diffance in money at that point.

  15. shaggytoodle says: Sep 20, 2012 12:22 PM

    While your right about me not following the Lions close enough to know all who signed what and when deals were reworked.

    Your right there is big money difference between 23 and 15. The last time I checked 13 was in the top 15. Thats the spot he was actually drafted in the NFL.

    So please know what your talking about before you speak.

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