The Detroit Lions must have done something wrong in the off season or during the preseason to deserve this. There’s been an additional blow to the already ailing secondary: Drayton Florence’s arm injury. It’s beginning to feel like a curse was placed on the Lions and whoever happens to land in the starting spot in that defensive backfield.
Jim Schwartz delivered the news Monday afternoon to the media assembled outside of the practice facility in Allen Park. Schwartz didn’t elaborate on exactly what the injury was, only that testing had been done in San Francisco in a preliminary form. Team doctors were now evaluating him and forming their own results. The only tidbit he did give away is that Florence will be out indefinitely.
What does this mean for the secondary? Louis Delmas, Chris Houston and Bill Bentley have all been out hurt. None of them played Sunday night. Of the three, Houston is the one who could be ready to go this week if he had to. Otherwise, the only players at cornerback who are healthy include Jacob Lacey and Jonte Green, a rookie.
Schwartz might have to practice one of his safeties in the cornerback position or activate someone from the practice squad. Kevin Barnes, who normally plays safety, filled in during a preseason game in a pinch. There’s a good chance he could get the call again this week. The Lions did quietly work out a few defensive backs last week, but none of them were signed.