On Friday afternoon, the Detroit Lions learned the team would be a little bit short-handed on the offensive line when they take on the San Francisco 49ers this weekend.
Lions head coach Dan Campbell announced that starting left tackle Taylor Decker is out with a hand injury. During his conversation with the media on Friday afternoon, Campbell seemed to suggest Decker would miss more than just this week.
“I would say it doesn’t look real good for this weekend,” Campbell said during his media availability. Well, his comments prophetic.
On Saturday afternoon, NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported the Lions are placing Decker on Injured Reserve. As a result, he’ll be forced to miss at least the first three weeks of the season.
The #Lions are placing star LT Taylor Decker on Injured Reserve after finger surgery, source said. He should be back after a month or so. But big loss initially.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 11, 2021
Taylor Decker a stalwart on the Lions’ offensive line since he was draft by the team in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He has started 71 games at left tackle for the team, missing just nine due to injury.
With Decker out of the starting lineup, rookie offensive lineman Penei Sewell could take over at left tackle. The first-round pick out of Oregon said he took snaps at left tackle over the past two days with Decker out with an injury.
Detroit faces off against San Francisco on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on FOX.