Lions seventh-round pick Nick Bawden suffers apparent torn ACL

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The rookie season appears to have come to an abrupt end for Lions seventh-round draft pick Nick Bawden.

Bawden was injured in practice today and is believed to have suffered a torn ACL that will end his season, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.

A fullback from San Diego State, Bawden was believed to have a very good shot of earning playing time as a rookie because the Lions liked his abilities as a lead blocker and a special teams player. He suffered the injury during a special teams drill.

Bawden was initially a quarterback at San Diego State and started two games there as a freshman, but he struggled as a passer and moved to fullback, where he bulked up and developed into a solid blocker and receiver out of the backfield. Now it appears that he’ll have to wait until 2019 to prove himself at the next level.

11 responses to “Lions seventh-round pick Nick Bawden suffers apparent torn ACL

  1. From a Vikings fan. That sucks. I have to assume it’s kind of lucky this happened now than during the season. That might sound bad, but at least you know what you’re up against.

  2. I’m a bears fan

    I love smash mouth football and was excited to see them draft a fullback.

    Bummer that sucks hope he bounces back

  3. I was happy when the Lions drafted him. The ol’ Black n Blue division needs more thumpers in the backfields. But at least by suffering it the first week of June, he should be ready to roll for all of the off-season program next year.

  4. always amazed how guys can play their whole collage career and only get some bumps and bruises..Then get Drafted and tear something major in OTA’S,…..

  5. Unfortunately a lot of low-round/undrafted guys in this situation get waived with an injury settlement before the next season. I hope he gets another good chance.

  6. And people are up in arms when guys decide to sit out voluntary mini camp? Your career can end on a meaningless play in May; better to protect yourself until at least July-Aug.

  7. David Szwartz says:
    June 6, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    always amazed how guys can play their whole collage career and only get some bumps and bruises..Then get Drafted and tear something major in OTA’S,…..

    ———————-

    Actually, if you think about it, there’s something major in the middle there that creates a change in typical physical activitiy. The Combine. Guys work to improve their 40 by doing things their body isn’t used to. Running with parachutes, attached to bungees, etc. These are putting stress on the knees that they did not have all those years.

    Then, the combine passes, those activities stop, and you’re now in a new training program that your body isn’t used to. Some of these “new” workouts need to be repeated to strenthen the damage to the muscle that working out can do (think about how you feel when you work out for the first time in a while). You do this training program for 1.5 months, and then you’re thrown on a field to go through the motions.

    The real cause of all of these issues in the break in body routine to gain athleticism quickly before the combine. Training needs to be administered better while athletes are younger, ramping up based on what the body is telling the person, and not based on some chart that shows where an athlete SHOULD be.

  8. Lions training staff under whichever regime always has horrible injury track records

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