Lions placing Taylor Decker on injured reserve after finger surgery


Lions head coach Dan Campbell said on Friday that left tackle Taylor Decker will be “down for a little bit” after suffering a finger injury during practice.

That time frame will be at least three weeks.

Per NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, Decker will be placed on injured reserve after undergoing finger surgery. Decker is expected to be out for about a month.

Decker is entering his sixth season out of Ohio State, having started 71 games for the Lions. Detroit picked him with the 16th overall pick in 2016.

With Decker out, it sounds like this year’s No. 7 overall pick Penei Sewell will take over at left tackle. Sewell had been working at right tackle since the spring, but told reporters on Friday he started taking snaps on the left side when Decker went out earlier this week. But, Sewell added, the plan is for him to go back to the right side when Decker returns.

Sewell played left tackle in college at Oregon. But after a rough preseason, he’ll have a tough challenge out of the gate against San Francisco. Nick Bosa said this week that he won’t have any snap restrictions in his first game back after tearing his ACL early on in the 2020 season.

7 responses to “Lions placing Taylor Decker on injured reserve after finger surgery

  1. Long suffering Lions fan here. UGH! The start of the post-Stafford era is looking to be UGLY – even by the Lions’ already low standards.

  2. Well as a Lions fan allow me to say losing the LT right before game 1 is just part of the comprehensive “awful” package we offer. Luckily no hope was in stock for this season so nothing has been really lost. Goff will have to make decisions a click faster. So probably a good Benny hill soundtrack to our offense being played at double speed willbmake the carnage funnier. But this will get uuggglllllyyyyyy quick.
    Other than that, yay, start of the season. Woo hoo. You all tell us how winning feels cause some of us fans aren’t gonna see much daylight this year.

  3. I’m curious to see if Sewell, who was supposedly a generational Walter Jones type talent, plays better at his natural position of LT than he was at RT.

    Some guys have more versatility to flip around to other positions than others. I recall reading Andre Dillard said he was having trouble swapping sides because he felt like everything was backwards at RT (granted, he hasn’t been so hot at LT either so maybe he’s not the best example).

    Regardless, I think people are being way too quick to write off Sewell regardless of how the next three games go. I’d also be reluctant to thrust him into the starting lineup if he’s not ready and risk ruining his confidence if I were Lions brass though.

  4. A damn o-line guy missing 3 weeks for a hurt finger? I’m not one of those fans that cant graso the game changing (albeit for the worse) for safety reasons etc. But this isnt something that would’ve happened even ten years ago. This isnt a WR or a QB. I remember as a kid watching a Browns DB play with a broken wrist or hand, he basically had a club, and he played. Tape that thing up amd get out there. Anyone who works a physical job has hurt something,if I called off for 3 weeks for a one finger, I’d be laughed at, then fired. tape it up, rub some dirt on it and protect your QBs bling side.

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