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Report: “Nothing serious” wrong with Cliff Avril’s back

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Sunday was not a good day for the Lions, but it doesn’t sound like they will need to add a serious injury to defensive end Cliff Avril’s back to the list of things to feel bad about in the wake of their 20-13 loss to the Vikings.

Avril left the game in the fourth quarter after picking up an injury while chasing Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder. Avril did not return and went for an MRI on the back Monday to determine whether or not he’d suffered any severe damage.

According to a report from Jason LaCanfora of CBSSports.com, Avril dodged a bullet. LaCanfora reports that “nothing serious” showed up on the scan and called the news a “big relief” for the Lions. We may get a little more insight from Lions coach Jim Schwartz when he meets with the media on Monday afternoon, but Schwartz hasn’t really been a particularly forthcoming source of information about injuries since he ascended to the top job in Detroit. If that continues, we’ll have to keep an eye on practice and injury reports once the Lions get back to work on Wednesday.

Avril is playing this year under the franchise tag, so avoiding serious injury is as important for his quest for a long-term deal at the end of the season as it for the Lions’ chances of improving on their 1-3 start to the season. Avril has 1.5 sacks so far this year and, if all is truly well, he’ll be trying to up that total against the Eagles in Week Five.

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13 Responses to “Report: “Nothing serious” wrong with Cliff Avril’s back”
  1. citynative says: Oct 1, 2012 2:48 PM

    I wonder why the trolling of Lions fans as diminished?

  2. hyzers says: Oct 1, 2012 2:55 PM

    Glad the Lions weren’t dumb enough to give him top 5 DE money. He’s not a great run defender and gets most of his stats against low quality opponents.

  3. purpleguy says: Oct 1, 2012 2:58 PM

    That injury was wierd. He wasn’t even hit, and as he limped off, it looked like a leg injury. Probably hurt his back when the Detroit D-linemen would do the lame copycat discount double check move after making a big play — which also was wierd since they were down by two TDs when they did it.

  4. butlers91 says: Oct 1, 2012 3:06 PM

    hyzers says:
    Oct 1, 2012 2:55 PM
    Glad the Lions weren’t dumb enough to give him top 5 DE money. He’s not a great run defender and gets most of his stats against low quality opponents.
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    Agreed…I like the guy, but his contract demands were far above his value.

  5. lionsdraftguy says: Oct 1, 2012 3:21 PM

    Citynative – I dont think its Lions fans that are trolling. Its morons like you that come on and talk trash for no necessary reason. Guys like myself probably are refraining from coming on here because of guys like you who probably dont know anything about football except how to read a box score and base opinions off of that and come on here and talk trash.

  6. knackstermyea says: Oct 1, 2012 3:46 PM

    Lions are gonna turn it around.

  7. ocdn says: Oct 1, 2012 4:17 PM

    As a Lions fan, I’m glad to hear that nothings wrong with Avril’s back. Wish I could say the same thing for Pettigrew’s hands, Defenses attack, Special teams being inept, play calling adjustments, Offensive line protection…………….

  8. blowpackblow says: Oct 1, 2012 4:27 PM

    Lions did not tackle, but made up for it by not catching the ball. How do you lose a game without giving up a TD on offense? Special teams… very, very special.

  9. hyzers says: Oct 1, 2012 4:37 PM

    Probably hurt his back when the Detroit D-linemen would do the lame copycat discount double check move after making a big play —

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    KVB started doing that before Rodgers. Just saying.

  10. mememe111 says: Oct 1, 2012 6:00 PM

    vikings sideline reporter said on the post game radio show he saw avril leaving the locker roo with crutches and a knee brace weird for a back injury

  11. phillyinmiami says: Oct 1, 2012 6:13 PM

    He’s got two weeks to get healthy, since the Lions play the Birds in Week Six, not Five. It won’t be enough anyway…

  12. smstonerock says: Oct 1, 2012 7:02 PM

    purpleguy says:

    “That injury was wierd. He wasn’t even hit, and as he limped off, it looked like a leg injury. Probably hurt his back when the Detroit D-linemen would do the lame copycat discount double check move after making a big play — which also was wierd since they were down by two TDs when they did it.”

    Actually, it’s Aaron Rodgers that is the copycat. Vandenbosch started doing that about 7 years ago when he played for the Titans.

  13. citynative says: Oct 1, 2012 10:11 PM

    @lionsdraftguy says:

    Citynative – I dont think its Lions fans that are trolling. Its morons like you that come on and talk trash for no necessary reason. Guys like myself probably are refraining from coming on here because of guys like you who probably dont know anything about football except how to read a box score and base opinions off of that and come on here and talk trash.
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    So funny on so many levels. Of course the biggest offender of trolling is the most sensitive to my statement. You are right about one thing though, the importance of “box scores.” Fans of most teams will wait til those “box scores” are completed and talk smack accordingly. Not Lions fans like you. You talked smack all off season, and now get cranky when someone points it out.

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