Detroit Lions LT Taylor Decker could miss start of season

Left tackle Taylor Decker has suffered a shoulder injury during OTAs, and underwent surgery on Monday to correct the issue.

He will not practice again during the team's offseason program and coach Jim Caldwell said, via MLive.com, that Decker could miss the start of the regular season.

Over the past three seasons, the Detroit Lions have been inept when it comes to running the football. Although no timetable was given for Decker's potential return, it sounds as if he could be a candidate for the injured reserve to start the season, able to return in time when he's healthy. Caldwell also told Meinke that he expects the young blocker "to play at some point in 2017".

"It got repaired and we'll see how he progresses along", Caldwell said. Decker was taken with the 16th overall pick in last year's draft, and immediately displaced Riley Reiff at left tackle.

Also, second-year lineman Joe Dahl has been playing some tackle since Decker's injury. "It's just the nature of the business". While they've yet to secure the services of a dependable performer in the backfield (not for a lack of trying), the play of the offensive line has been suspect at best.

Wagner joined Pro Bowler T.J. Lang as Detroit's signature additions in free agency, fortifying an offensive line that has struggled to find consistency for years.

Training camp begins in mid July.

Any significant time missed by Decker will certainly hinder that unit's ability to become a cohesive unit right from the get go.

Caldwell says anytime a player has surgery, you just don't know how long a player will be out. That's one of the things that I think our personnel office does a great job of, I think our players do a tremendous job of.

"I don't think so. We adjust and we keep moving".

  • Julie Sanders