Lions appear to lose linebacker Jordan Dizon for year

Lions linebacker Jordan Dizon’s star-crossed career took another turn for the worse following a serious knee injury against the Steelers in the team’s preseason opener.

Tom Kowalski of MLive.com reports that the team’s backup middle linebacker told several people after the game he will miss the season. Lions coach Jim Schwartz wouldn’t confirm that, only saying it was “serious.”

Dizon started on Saturday night in place of injured middle linebacker DeAndre Levy and was a backup on the team’s nickel defense.  Matt Millen selected Dizon No. 45 in Millen’s final draft, and the lightweight linebacker has struggled to see the field because of a lack of physicality.

(Leave it to a Detroit paper to immediately compare Dizon’s injury to other recent preseason setbacks in the team’s history.)