Lions face decision on Taylor Decker next Wednesday

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The 21-day window for Taylor Decker‘s return from injured reserve closes Wednesday. He is not ready to play, forcing the Lions to decide whether to activate him to the 53-player roster.

Lions coach Dan Campbell, though, said the team has no regrets at designating Decker to return Oct. 13.

“It’s tough to say because all parties felt like it was the right time to do it,” Campbell said Friday, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “We felt like, hey, he wanted to give it a go and certainly we would love to have him back, whenever he’s capable. And so it’s hard to look back and regret that move at the time knowing what we knew and where we were all at, all parties. But here it is.”

Decker injured the index finger on his left hand in practice leading up to the season opener. He has not played this season.

A day after returning to practice, Decker aggravated the injury and has not practiced since.

Campbell said the team has made no decision with “all options on the table” for now. Decker will revert to injured reserve for the rest of the season if the Lions don’t activate him to the 53-player roster.

First-round choice Penei Sewell will remain at left tackle as long as Decker is sidelined.

5 responses to “Lions face decision on Taylor Decker next Wednesday

  1. Offensive linemen not playing for weeks due to a finger injury. The NFL really is getting soft…

  2. Move Sewell to LT permanently and let him start learning the RDE he will go against. Decker is a solid B lineman who occasionally rises to A, or dips to C. Move him to RT and until he’s healthy platoon the position. Why switch them? Sewell is just starting his first season and I’d argue he already clearly has more Upside than Decker. If Decker balks at this then explore a trade in the off-season for picks or DB help. The line going forward should anchor around Ragnow at Center and Sewell at LT.

  3. Decker is a solid A/A- player, but Sewell is proving to be an A/A+ That’s an embarrassment of riches, unusual for the Lions. This is a loser season (not unusual for the Lions), and there’s no reason to jeopardize him by rushing him back if the hand isn’t ready.

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