Lions left tackle Jeff Backus is recovering from a pectoral injury that was apparently suffered during the lockout, according to a report from the Detroit Free Press.
Dave Birkett reports it’s believed Backus has a partially torn pectoral muscle. The Lions are aware of it and say it’s “not serious.” Backus is one of the most important members of the team, especially considering the team’s lack of depth.
In theory, this could be an interesting test case for how injuries sustained during the lockout are handled. Some players feared teams calling any injuries suffered during the lockout a “non-football” injury, which could affect their pay.
Backus is such a longtime leader for the team, that it defies belief the Lions would do anything to take advantage of the situation. Especially if the injury is “not serious.”