Lions’ Taylor Decker expected to miss 4-6 months

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The Lions are preparing for life without their starting left tackle for some — but not all — of the regular season.

Taylor Decker is expected to miss four to six months with a torn labrum in his shoulder, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Decker’s surgery was on Monday, which means he would be expected to return somewhere between October 5 and December 5. In other words, he’d miss somewhere between four and 12 games.

If it turns out to be only four games, that’s a hit the Lions can take. At 12 games, there’s a chance the Lions would be out of contention by the time Decker returned, at which point they might just decide to shut him down.

No team wants to lose its starting left tackle for any period of time, but the Lions will be crossing their fingers that Decker is back in closer to four months than six.

25 responses to “Lions’ Taylor Decker expected to miss 4-6 months

  1. A potential all-pro at the second most important position on the field, gone. Season’s over. #lionsluck

  2. Torn labrums are no fun:(
    You can’t even do most conditioning work when rehabbing

  3. Having torn my labrum bench pressing 2 years ago, I can say I didn’t feel right till a year after surgery… Ameer Abdullah had his labrum surgically repaired in January and was at mini camp last year, Luke Keuchly had his larbral repair 2 weeks before mine and he played last year, it’s possible he makes it back before the seasons over… but I would bet the injury happened in the weight room and he waited till he was on the field to claim it! Good luck TD I’ll be there rooting you

    Lions Season Ticket Holder

  4. Good buddy on my softball team had the same injury and after seeing the doctor proceeded to tell the team he had a torn labia. That was 15 years ago and it comes up again every season. One of his nicknames is George Costanza.

  5. Lang did more than alright at tackle, he saved the Packer’s season that year. He’s a better guard than tackle but he is probably the best left tackle on the Lion’s roster today.

    Sorry Viking fans, you thought this might help you get to second place but if I were you, I’d be worrying about the Bears.

  6. Hopefully it’s only four months. If he had integrity of manning, Peterson, and brady, it would only be four months.

  7. Wow, That is horrible news for the Lion’s. Given the Lion’s shaky offensive line with their LT now out for the game Elite OLB/DE Chandler Jones is going to be licking his chops destroying the backup who fills in. AZ lead the NFL in sacks last year & have one of the best pass rush’s in the NFL, With Decker gone Stafford is going to take a beating week one.

  8. One of the advantages to having resigned Riley Rieff to return at RT was that he had played LT for 4 seasons at a decent level. I pointed this out before FA began.

    But I guess not.

  9. demanrighthere says:
    Jun 9, 2017 5:33 PM

    Having torn my labrum bench pressing 2 years ago, I can say I didn’t feel right till a year after surgery… Ameer Abdullah had his labrum surgically repaired in January and was at mini camp last year, Luke Keuchly had his larbral repair 2 weeks before mine and he played last year, it’s possible he makes it back before the seasons over… but I would bet the injury happened in the weight room and he waited till he was on the field to claim it! Good luck TD I’ll be there rooting you

    Lions Season Ticket Holder

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    No one cares about your personal injury comparison. The fact that you’re a season ticket holder is already enough embarrassment…..

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