Coming off a huge win against the Dallas Cowboys at home, the Detroit Lions are looking like a legitimate playoff contender and the 5-3 squad has all the momentum in the world after a last-second win. Who anticipated the Lions to be 5-3 after the first eight weeks of the season especially after a four-win season in 2012. However, the Lions will be moving forward without their second-round selection from 2012, Ryan Broyles.
Broyles was one of the surprises from 2012 as he caught 22 passes for 310 yards and two touchdowns while filling in for some injuries and depletion in the wide receiving corps.
He was a steal coming out of the draft in 2012 because he was coming off a knee injury in his senior year in college and in his first year in the NFL, he tore his ACL once again. The 2013 season hasn’t been kind to the young wide out as he has been nearly non-existent, catching eight passes for 85 yards in eight games. Now he has a season-ending hamstring injury to go along with the decrease in statistics.
I know this injury seems like it would hurt the already injury-ridden receiving group, but the Lions will not be hurt by this injury to one of their top draft picks from 2012. Why? Nate Burleson is set to come back from his broken arm injury in week 10 — which is a bye week — and practice for the first time since suffering the embarrassing injury. However, Burleson is the clear No. 2 wide out on the team and will be a top target for Matthew Stafford, seemingly pushing Broyles aside even more.
Don’t forget about Calvin Johnson who just had a 329-yard game — which is an entire game’s worth of passing yards for the average QB. Reggie Bush has also been a huge help in the pass game, catching 31 passes for 335 yards and two touchdowns — the second-leading receiver on the team.
This team will be fine without Broyles — easily.