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Lions confirm Ryan Broyles out for season with Achilles injury

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After their last-second win over the Cowboys on Sunday, the Lions said they feared wide receiver Ryan Broyles had been lost for the season to a torn Achilles.

Coach Jim Schwartz confirmed that diagnosis during his press conference on Monday, which means that Broyles has now seen each of the last three seasons end early because of injury. The first two injuries were torn ACLs, one in each knee, and now he’ll spend another offseason rehabbing furiously in order to be ready to resume his career.

Broyles’ loss leaves the Lions very short on wide receivers not named Calvin Johnson. Given Johnson’s productivity, things could be worse but the team will need to find some other options beyond Kris Durham in the coming weeks.

Nate Burleson may be an option at some point, but Schwartz said they won’t be tearing Burleson and his broken arm away from his free pizza any earlier than planned because of Broyles’ injury. They could make a trade before Tuesday’s deadline and they have a bye week to use to get any new arrival acquainted with the offense, so they may be a team to watch over the next 24 hours.

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  1. bennyb82 says: Oct 28, 2013 2:01 PM

    Durham has really stepped up his game, but the Lions should really try to find some more depth at WR before the trade deadline. It would be a shame to have such a great offense get another injury at wideout and have to fill the spots with guys from the practice squad.

  2. thekiy says: Oct 28, 2013 2:06 PM

    Unbelievably bad luck for this kid. Once ACL, then the other, and now the Achilles.

    He’s hardly seen the field and his career will likely be over. I can’t see him recovering from this.

    Titus Young to Ryan Broyles. No more 2nd round WRs please Mayhew!

  3. hyzers says: Oct 28, 2013 2:12 PM

    Disheartening for the young man. Keep your head high, Ryan.

  4. jimmysee says: Oct 28, 2013 2:14 PM

    Vikings trade Greg Jennings. Should be good for a 3rd.

    Jennings breathes sigh of relief.

  5. scorpio516 says: Oct 28, 2013 2:21 PM

    Why hasn’t anyone mentioned the Lions when talking Josh Gordon? Sure, he might be a mess off the field, but you can rent him for less than half a million.

  6. wingz101 says: Oct 28, 2013 2:22 PM

    That’s really bad news for Detroit but its not like Broyles had been contributing much this year. He was just now working his way back into the line up but wasn’t one of Stafford’s main options.

    Megatron, Durham, Burleson, Ogletree and Ross is what they have now. I think if they make any kind of trade it would probably be to get some depth at TE (where Fauria had a rough game blocking), DE (where Izzy got banged up and Jones is on IR) or OT where the situation is pretty bleak injury wise.

  7. johngaltwho says: Oct 28, 2013 2:24 PM

    There’s a youtube video of a reporter asking Matthew Stafford “so what do you think will be the impact of losing Ryan Broyles for the rest of the season” and Stafford says “huh, who?”.

  8. lionshawk says: Oct 28, 2013 2:37 PM

    Hicks(3rd + LeShoure) or Gordan (same trade), Little (5th plus LeShoure) or Blackman (6th round or 7th in 2015 if suspended). Get it done Mayhew. I know people say the lions don’t want guys that have substance issues but put them next to Calvin and tell them if you want to have a career like this guy you follow his lead.

  9. lionsdraftguy says: Oct 28, 2013 2:57 PM

    Mayhew reached for this guy anyway. EASILY could have had him in the 3rd. Meanwhile, a smarter pick like Peter Konz, is starting center for Atlanta.

  10. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Oct 28, 2013 3:20 PM

    Actually I’d say the offense has looked just fine with minimal contributions from Broyles so far so this isn’t really a big deal.
    I’ve been saying for years that Mayhew has to go and a lot of you disagreed and said Schwartz was the problem but it’s very clear at this point that Mayhew is essentially worthless. Maybe he should consider stopping drafting criminals and guys with injury histories in the first two rounds if he wants to keep his job.

  11. timmmah10 says: Oct 28, 2013 3:32 PM

    lionsdraftguy says: Oct 28, 2013 2:57 PM

    Mayhew reached for this guy anyway. EASILY could have had him in the 3rd. Meanwhile, a smarter pick like Peter Konz, is starting center for Atlanta.

    ——————————————————-

    To be fair, Broyles could have been something if he stayed healthy. The injury everyone was worried about hasn’t been the issue. Some guys are just glass… Broyles didn’t appear to be that way.

    Titus Young’s problems were known. Javid Best’s were known. These are the picks that should be frowned upon.

    Additionally, veteran minimum Raiola has graded out in the top 3 Centers in the league so far this year. I hate the guy, but he’s been good. Konz has not graded out near Raiola.

    If they can make a trade, I’d be open to it, but nothing like that Mike Thomas shiz show from last year. The guy they trade for should be a legit outside threat so Burleson can work the slot where he is most comfortable.

    Kris Durham has done well, however, I would prefer that he’s not an every down guy. He’s a great guy in 4 WR sets where he can use his size against a nickel/dime DB.

  12. steelerben says: Oct 28, 2013 3:33 PM

    lionshawk says:
    Oct 28, 2013 2:37 PM
    Hicks(3rd + LeShoure) or Gordan (same trade), Little (5th plus LeShoure) or Blackman (6th round or 7th in 2015 if suspended). Get it done Mayhew. I know people say the lions don’t want guys that have substance issues but put them next to Calvin and tell them if you want to have a career like this guy you follow his lead.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Blackmon is pulling at least a conditional fourth, if not higher. He’s producing with Gabbert and Henne, which is a testament to hist talent. He is a risk just like Gordon would be, but he would be the more polished option.

    Don’t forget Kenny Britt is floating around out there, too.

  13. birdmantd says: Oct 28, 2013 4:14 PM

    With Burleson due back sometime this year I wouldn’t trade for anyone. Maybe bring a guy they cut in training camp who knows the offense like a Matt Willis.

  14. purpleguy says: Oct 28, 2013 4:27 PM

    Sheesh, are that guy’s poor legs made of paper mache?

  15. metrocritical says: Oct 28, 2013 4:36 PM

    A quick compare/contrast with Titus Young and Ryan Broyles:

    -Ill advised 2nd Round Picks
    -One bad guy, one good guy
    -Same result

    Being a second round pick for the Lions is like being the drummer for Spinal Tap.

  16. 26predator says: Oct 28, 2013 4:43 PM

    “There’s a youtube video of a reporter asking Matthew Stafford “so what do you think will be the impact of losing Ryan Broyles for the rest of the season” and Stafford says “huh, who?”.”

    Link or it didn’t happen.

    Stafford has much more class and professionalism than that.

  17. scorpio516 says: Oct 28, 2013 5:12 PM

    “lionshawk says:
    Oct 28, 2013 2:37 PM
    Hicks(3rd + LeShoure) or Gordan (same trade), Little (5th plus LeShoure) or Blackman (6th round or 7th in 2015 if suspended). Get it done Mayhew. I know people say the lions don’t want guys that have substance issues but put them next to Calvin and tell them if you want to have a career like this guy you follow his lead.”

    Only problem: Lions only have $1.7 million in cap space.
    Assuming I have any idea what this all means, LeShoure has a cap hit of $0.93m.

    Blackmon is on the Jags’ books for $4.2m this year (base salary is $1.2, pro rated bonuses are the rest). No way that’s happening.
    Nicks is on the Giants’ books for $3.7m. Nope.

    The thing that’s appealing about Gordon is his friendly $1.2m cap number ;) . Even without trading away LeShoure, the Lions have the cap space.

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