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Chris Houston may need surgery

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Cornerback is one of the positions the Lions are expected to address in the draft and it might be a more urgent need than originally thought.

We already knew that the Lions had their concerns about cornerback Chris Houston’s ability to return to form in 2014 and General Manager Martin Mayhew provided some more details about those concerns at his pre-draft press conference on Monday. Mayhew said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, that Houston is still dealing with the toe injury that hampered him during the 2013 season and that they’re trying to come up with a treatment plan that will get him over it once and for all.

One of the options under consideration is surgery. There was no discussion of how long an operation would keep Houston out of action, but it’s a safe bet he’d be out until at least training camp. Because of the injury, Mayhew admitted “there is a concern” regarding Houston going forward.

A concern about the overall quality of the cornerback corps goes right along with it, which should make it a priority when the draft gets underway on Thursday.

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7 Responses to “Chris Houston may need surgery”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: May 5, 2014 2:06 PM

    I still think they have a crowded group and if Houston isn’t missing any regular season time then they have to cut one of their young prospects to make room for another one. I don’t think they are selecting any CBs in this draft since they have several other needs of which a draft pick won’t displace as significant of a player.

  2. clrathfon says: May 5, 2014 2:30 PM

    Ummm and why you have waited this long to get surgery if you needed it??? SMH… Draft a corner please or a playmaker on defense. The Lions will NEVER go to the Super Bowl until they address the defense and can stop someone. Plane and simple….

  3. holographicribs says: May 5, 2014 2:47 PM

    Chris Houston is a garbage CB to begin with.

    Draft Denard or Gilbert please, Mayhew.

  4. whooligun says: May 5, 2014 4:51 PM

    Why is it, that this team have such a huge shopping list going into EVERY single draft?

    Whether it be for depth or as a starter, the Lions need to address:

    QB, RB, TE, WR, OG, C, DE, DT, OLB, CB, S, K

  5. iowan4motorcityroar says: May 5, 2014 6:06 PM

    Tight end is NOT an issue that needs to be addressed. Fauria, Pettigrew, and Williams all bring a lot to the table. As unexciting as it may be, the truth ix that the secondary holes are far too significant to ignore in the draft. 1st 2 picks should go Clinton-Dix and Jean-Baptiste, respectively. Not as exciting as a Watkins or Evans pick up, but much more necessary. Plus people forget sbout the underrated value that Ross/Durham/Ogletree bring to 3rd and 4th receiver option.

  6. steveb9995 says: May 5, 2014 7:46 PM

    The Lions are loaded with young CBs who need more playing time to develop. Sounds like they’re going to get it.

  7. htown995 says: May 5, 2014 11:12 PM

    I cant agree more why has he waited so long and the lions are always picking in the top 15 of almost every draft trade your pick and get more picks

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