Jeff Backus expected to miss the first game of his career

AP

Lions left tackle Jeff Backus was Detroit’s first draft pick of the Matt Millen era, and unlike most of Millen’s draft picks, Backus has been a valuable player: He started the first game of his rookie year and has started every game since then, for 186 consecutive starts in all.

But that streak is expected to end on Thanksgiving.

Backus hobbled off the field with a hamstring injury in Sunday’s loss to the Packers, and the Lions have described him as doubtful for Thursday’s game against the Texans. So barring Backus surprisingly waking up on Thursday morning and feeling fine, it appears that the consecutive games streak will end at 186.

That streak is the longest among active NFL linemen and the third-longest among active NFL players, behind only Tampa Bay’s Ronde Barber and Washington’s London Fletcher, whose streak is also in jeopardy this week.

Rookie first-round draft pick Riley Reiff will start at left tackle in Backus’s place. Reiff was drafted with the idea that he would succeed Backus as the franchise left tackle of the future, and Backus’s injury means the future in Detroit is now.

14 responses to “Jeff Backus expected to miss the first game of his career

  1. unfortunate that his streak is going to end,but I am glad he isnt pulling the ol’ favre “i know my bicep is torn, but let me play anyways for my streak”

  2. My dream has finally been realized. I am so sick and tired of seeing Sackus get brutalized by every defensive end. I’m actually surprised when he goes a whole game without a holding or offsides penalty.

  3. Unfortunately, Backus has been the poster boy for all that has ailed the Lions’ franchise over the last decade plus. It’s both correct and unfair.

    He’s been a consistent, if pedestrian LT for 12 years. He hasn’t been the reason the franchise has been so bad but, unlike Joe Thomas in Cleveland, his talent doesn’t scream, “I’m not the problem”.

    Nice career Backus, but if the Lions ever reach a Super Bowl, you can’t (and won’t) be on the field.

  4. Lions left tackle Jeff Backus was Detroit’s first draft pick of the Matt Millen era, and unlike most of Millen’s draft picks, Backus has been a valuable player: He started the first game of his rookie year and has started every game since then, for 186 consecutive starts in all.

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    Proof that even a blind squirrel will occasionally find a nut.

  5. Let him play the first snap, then pull him. He can still be an emergency back up. He is not hurt that bad, but it is an opportunity for the future to get some reps in.

  6. shelbpro says: Nov 21, 2012 9:30 AM

    Great news. Expect the Lions to set a team record for rushing yards this week with Backus out. Reiff is a beast.
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    Do you realize who you’re playing against?

  7. Amazing that any Olineman can play for that long without missing a game. Even more amazing is London Fletcher doing it at LB for so long.

  8. Technically, the Lions 2001 draft was not a Matt Millen draft; rather, it was Bill Tobin’s one and only draft with the Lions. Tobin picked three starters in Backus, Raiola, and Shaun Rogers.

    Thereafter, Millen fired Tobin because he realized if Tobin was picking the players, he wouldn’t have anything to do. Of course, we know how that turned out.

    Millen is worst General Manager in the history of professional sports at any level.

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