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Jeff Backus expected to miss the first game of his career

Jeff Backus, Riley Reiff 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.

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14 Responses to “Jeff Backus expected to miss the first game of his career”
  1. 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.

  2. 989lions says: Nov 21, 2012 9:43 AM

    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”

  3. Stupid Lions Fan says: Nov 21, 2012 9:54 AM

    That 1st round pick from Mayhew doesn’t look bad now, does it?

  4. cereal blogger says: Nov 21, 2012 9:56 AM

    Thats a bummer,,,on TurkeyDay too. Get well soon Backus

  5. 4sharita says: Nov 21, 2012 10:02 AM

    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.

  6. lks311 says: Nov 21, 2012 10:13 AM

    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.

  7. steelerben says: Nov 21, 2012 10:44 AM

    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.

  8. Just a Fan says: Nov 21, 2012 10:47 AM

    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.

  9. ocdn says: Nov 21, 2012 11:01 AM

    Let Linehan miss his first game at play calling.

  10. htown1035 says: Nov 21, 2012 11:03 AM

    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?

  11. mrchainbluelightning says: Nov 21, 2012 1:05 PM

    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.

  12. robertocfg says: Nov 21, 2012 1:23 PM

    Perhaps they could sign Zach Galifianakis and no one would notice.

  13. dannymac17 says: Nov 21, 2012 1:29 PM

    Well Raiola said to bring it. Guess it has been broughten.

  14. freebird2011 says: Nov 21, 2012 1:40 PM

    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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