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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.

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25 Responses to “Lions’ Taylor Decker expected to miss 4-6 months”
  1. cb2gbequalssb says: Jun 9, 2017 2:41 PM

    Lions will be the Lions rush him back and he’ll get hurt again to only never return again. Shut him down all year.

  2. timmmah10 says: Jun 9, 2017 2:53 PM

    Well, there’s always next year…

  3. mongo3401 says: Jun 9, 2017 2:54 PM

    In other words he is out for the season. Hope the guy is smart enough not to let them rush him back.

  4. vikings1234 says: Jun 9, 2017 2:54 PM

    Tough break for the Lions. Hope it is only 4 weeks. I wonder how it happened.

  5. mongo3401 says: Jun 9, 2017 2:55 PM

    Ask Jake Long what being rushed back did to his career

  6. tylawspick6 says: Jun 9, 2017 3:07 PM

    OUCH

  7. Before you hate, just make sure you refer to him as '2015 PRO BOWL MVP' Matthew Stafford says: Jun 9, 2017 3:07 PM

    Good thing GM Quinn invested in OL help this offseason. Hopefully enough to replace him until he returns

  8. Frum Slum says: Jun 9, 2017 3:07 PM

    The silver lining is that is happened now. Gives the team some time to get a replacement up to speed.

  9. thefappingbearcutler says: Jun 9, 2017 3:25 PM

    Still think they need Clady for 4-5 games. Then I am sure Clady will get injured and then they will be left will the current 2nd tier scrubs they have now.

  10. scotthochsdramaticweightgain1 says: Jun 9, 2017 3:31 PM

    He could come back in 4 to 8 minutes and the Lions still wouldn’t win a playoff game.

  11. rodgersfeeblecollarbone says: Jun 9, 2017 3:48 PM

    So, I guess it’s time to find out how such a serious injury took place in shorts at OTA’s?!!!

  12. mbara33 says: Jun 9, 2017 3:51 PM

    Joe Dahl your life is calling

  13. 26predator says: Jun 9, 2017 4:00 PM

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

  14. gbfanforever says: Jun 9, 2017 4:12 PM

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

  15. icebowler says: Jun 9, 2017 5:07 PM

    So now the Vikings have a chance to get second place in the division after all.

  16. eramming says: Jun 9, 2017 5:16 PM

    First game of the season against AZ Cardinals. #1 team in sacks last season.

  17. thegreatjimbrown says: Jun 9, 2017 5:18 PM

    Well as a GB fan I can say T.J. Lang has played him some tackle. And DET paid him plenty. Maybe he’ll hold up there for a few weeks.

  18. 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

  19. cribbage12 says: Jun 9, 2017 5:58 PM

    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.

  20. whatjusthapped says: Jun 9, 2017 7:42 PM

    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.

  21. senatorblutarsky says: Jun 9, 2017 8:47 PM

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

  22. shooter28 says: Jun 9, 2017 10:29 PM

    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.

  23. jimbobcooterqbtutor says: Jun 9, 2017 11:24 PM

    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.

  24. codiablo says: Jun 10, 2017 8:25 AM

    Detroit Lambs can’t escape fate -especially with Matt “river monster” Stafford @ QB

  25. detroitsportsfan11 says: Jun 10, 2017 10:07 AM

    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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