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Corey Williams had knee surgery this week

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The Lions got quarterback Matthew Stafford back at practice on Thursday, but they are going to be without one of their starting defensive players for the next spell.

Tim Twentyman of the team’s website brings word that Lions coach Jim Schwartz announced defensive tackle Corey Williams had knee surgery earlier this week. Twentyman reports that his status going forward “week-to-week” and Williams will not play against the Vikings this Sunday. There are no details about the nature of the surgery, although the prognosis for his return suggests that it was a procedure designed to clean up an issue in hopes of keeping Williams on the field more often in the grand scheme of things.

Williams has started all three games for the Lions so far this season, picking up six tackles and two sacks as Detroit has gotten off to a 1-2 start. Williams started 31 games for the Lions over the last two seasons as well, so the team will be without one of the more significant players in their defensive line rotation.

Nick Fairley and Sammie Lee Hill will likely start seeing more time alongside Ndamukong Suh on the front for the Lions. Both players will need to hit the ground running in a game that will decide whether or not the Lions fall two games out of first in the division just four games into the season.

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5 Responses to “Corey Williams had knee surgery this week”
  1. lionsdraftguy says: Sep 27, 2012 2:10 PM

    Hopefully Fairley takes advantage of this oppurtunity. I know Hill will. He is starting caliber anyway.

  2. jamezz23 says: Sep 27, 2012 2:38 PM

    I’m a die hard lions fan but we have the most overrated defensive line in the league. Not one guy on our line is considered an elite pass rusher, in fact they are average at best. Jake locker had all day to pass and he lit our corners up who are better than I expected them to be. Christian ponder will light us up to if we can’t find a way to get pressure. Yes I said Christian ponder….

  3. ocdn says: Sep 27, 2012 5:47 PM

    Lions need to have “surgery” on their defense and special teams.

  4. butkus54 says: Sep 27, 2012 6:51 PM

    I know the Lions are trying to protect their secondary but come on this is the NFL . They have to get more pressure on the QB.
    If they don’t make some adjustments in their defensive scheme then QB’s like Matt Flynn and Jake Locker are going to continue to eat them up.
    And if they do get back to the playoffs then you can expect to see more of what Drew Breed did to them last year.
    And while I’m venting, has the Lions offensive coordinator ever heard of a trap block or pulling a guard?

  5. butkus54 says: Sep 27, 2012 6:54 PM

    I meant Drew Brees.

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