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Darius Slay has knee surgery, will miss rookie minicamp

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A torn meniscus in his knee didn’t stop the Lions from drafting cornerback Darius Slay in the second round, but it will stop Slay from taking part in this week’s rookie minicamp.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Slay had arthroscopic surgery to repair the injury last Friday and that he will miss the three-day session with his fellow newcomers to the Lions. The recovery time from the operation likely means he’ll miss the rest of the team’s offseason workout schedule, but Schefter reports the expectation is that he’ll be ready to go “well before” the start of training camp.

The Lions had thought that Slay would avoid surgery and attend minicamp, especially since the corner was able to participate in pre-draft workouts for teams after injuring his knee during his pro day. The knee injury meant Slay would have been working less than a full schedule during minicamp and OTAs anyway, so things probably aren’t too dramatically different now and having the surgery should make him less susceptible to a more serious injury related to the initial meniscus tear.

Assuming Slay is ready when camp starts, he should still have a chance to win a job in the starting lineup before the season gets underway. Bill Bentley will likely be his chief competition for the job across from Chris Houston.

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12 Responses to “Darius Slay has knee surgery, will miss rookie minicamp”
  1. classactcalvin81 says: May 7, 2013 10:37 AM

    Iyea well c if he’s ready by camp! I like this guy but the injury scared me a bit. This better not b serious or I’m really gonna b second guessing this pic. Get healthy kid cause I’m hoping for an awesome battle for the starter and nickel spot!! Go D!!

  2. metrocritical says: May 7, 2013 11:22 AM

    Generally speaking, a miniscus tear on a young person requires a fairly minor procedure and the meniscus can usually just be repaired. The meniscus does not have much to do with structure and acts as a shock absorber for the knee joint. While a tear can be painful, it doesn’t have direct on function and a successful procedure should have no effect on performance. If Slay is as at quick learning as he is on the field, there’s no reason that he can’t push to start opposite Chris Houston.

  3. slayisland says: May 7, 2013 11:37 AM

    Yea Tha kids a stpud but im kinda disappointed how mayhew-incompany handled the situation he knew he was going to have surgery when we drafted him He could have told us instead of denying tha fact! We have tha right to kn oh yea( Louis delmas) had tha same problem coming out of college ijs…

  4. slayisland says: May 7, 2013 11:40 AM

    Yea Tha kids a stud but im kinda disappointed how mayhew-incompany handled the situation he knew he was going to have surgery when we drafted him He could have told us instead of denying tha fact! We have tha right to kn oh yea( Louis delmas) had tha same problem coming out of college ijs…

  5. jjb0811 says: May 7, 2013 11:47 AM

    Everyone used to make fun of the Bengals scouting department. Now its time to make the Lions the laughing stock.

    They used 2 high picks on banged up RB’s and now this guy. To go along with the deadbeat WR they used a #2 on.

    can’t win if you draft poorly.

  6. onermedboxer says: May 7, 2013 11:53 AM

    I love the fact that the brainiacs in Detroit’s front office took Slay. This left Banks, the better of the two Miss St. corners, still on the board

    He might not be as fast as Darius Slay, but I think a 4-year starter in the SEC, Jim Thorpe Award winner, AND healthy, makes Banks the better pick, and probably the guy the Lions should have taken

  7. onermedboxer says: May 7, 2013 11:58 AM

    And called a torn meniscus a minor injury isnt completely realistic.
    I know a dancer (20 years old) whose torn meniscus kept her from returning to the stage. Obviously dancing is not football, but you get the point

  8. weekendwarriorko says: May 7, 2013 12:16 PM

    I am 23 and tore the lateral meniscus in both my left and right knees at age 16 and 18, respectively. One took approximately 2-3 months for me to come back to action, but the other took almost 8 months. You simply don’t know how the body will react to this. There is always the chance for scar tissue to appear and permanently affect knee structure and performance as well.

  9. profootballwalk says: May 7, 2013 12:32 PM

    Reading PFT comments is like grading homework from the ‘special’ class.

  10. source7769 says: May 7, 2013 12:38 PM

    when you play football and have knee surgery there is no such thing as minor surgery odds are somethinmg else is going to occur down the road

  11. classactcalvin81 says: May 7, 2013 12:40 PM

    Metrocritical good info bro thanks makes me feel a heck off a lot bettter

  12. ozymandias121 says: May 7, 2013 12:51 PM

    You would think this guy is the next Deion Sanders from how much coverage he gets.

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