On Monday Night Football, the Detroit Lions were playing a close game on the road, and their undermanned second-level defense took another hit during the game.
Rookie Ifeatu Melifonwu came up lame after allowing a long 50-yard completion on third down and was unable to return to the game. Following that, his return to the game was deemed questionable in a team update.
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Here’s a look at the live announcement, which included a real-time diagnosis of a thigh injury.
$0 It’s safe to say that the Lions’ young players won’t scare anyone on the other side, so the team’s best hope is that Melifonwu can return, or at the very least, that the team won’t be without him for long on the field.
Moving into Week 3, this isn’t looking good for the Lions and their undermanned defense on the field.
Lions Already Depleted at Cornerback
The Lions had a difficult week at cornerback, as Jeff Okudah suffered a season-ending injury. Given the age and experience level of the other players on the roster, losing Melifonwu would be a disastrous decision for the Lions in this game and in the future. If they were to be without Melifonwu, who was off to a good start in the game and wasn’t afraid to face Green Bay’s weapons, the team would almost certainly have to bring in veteran players. If Melifonwu is unable to return, the Lions will be forced to consider promoting someone from the practice squad, possibly veteran cornerback Darryl Worley. That could be crucial with the team having a short week ahead of them and another game on Sunday.
Melifonwu Stats and Highlights
If the last name sounds familiar, it’s because Ifeatu’s brother, Obi Melifonwu, recently played in the NFL. The older Melifonwu didn’t have nearly as much success as the younger one, but that doesn’t rule out the possibility of greatness. Melifonwu, who stands 6-3, has the type of size and athleticism to be a better cornerback than some of the other options available in the NFL Draft. He had 88 tackles, three interceptions, 19 passes defensed, and one sack in college. Melifowu could end up being one of the better cornerbacks to emerge from this draft, and the Lions hope he will make them look smart for grabbing him given their cornerback needs.
Here are some of Melifonwu’s best highlights:
Melifonwu’s future success will be determined by his ability to make big plays and overcome the injury bug.
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