Lions Place Justin Coleman On IR

The Lions are placing Justin Coleman on injured reserve, as Tom Pelissero of NFL.com tweets. Coleman strained his hamstring on Sunday against the Bears, and he’ll miss at least three weeks of action. 

Hamstring injuries have dogged the Lions in recent weeks. They were already without wide receiver Kenny Golladay and cornerback Jeff Okudah heading into Week 1. Then, in the season opener, Coleman and fellow cornerback Desmond Trufant exited early with hammy issues. Okudah can step up for Coleman if he’s able to go for Week 2 against the Packers, but they’ll be extra thin if Trufant needs the week off. Beyond that, they’ve got Darryl Roberts and Tony McRae on the depth chart.

The Lions may look to sign former Chargers and Texans defensive back Jaylen Watkins after auditioning him this week. If Watkins isn’t a fit, they’ll likely need to find secondary support elsewhere. The Packers topped the Vikings 43-34 in their opener and the offensive line gave Aaron Rodgers tremendous pocket support throughout the game to move the offense down the field. The Lions can’t bank on consistent pressure next week, so they’ll need top-tier play from their banged-up CB group.

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4 comments on “Lions Place Justin Coleman On IR

  1. Alex Jones

    Weird. It’s almost likely the people running the team were unprepared, didn’t address their most glaring areas of weakness, and are all of a sudden faced with running warm bodies in off the street in order to field a starting 11 defensive unit. Couldn’t be though, since Quintricia are always far and away the smartest men in any room they walk into.

    • wagner13

      How is losing their top three cornerbacks to injury management’s fault? Okudah, Coleman, and Trufant is actually a pretty solid trio. As much as I hate Patricia, no one should anticipate their top three players at a given position suffering injuries right off the bat

      • Rich

        I think its a strength and conditioning issue coupled with bad luck.

        The number of players on IR is partially due to the CBA on how players are handled. The fact that players can come back at all is a great benefit over years ago. IR allows a team to protect a player from hitting waivers while allowing the team to use the roster position for a healthy player.

  2. jmr1954

    Why do they always have players that are injured and can’t compete?
    1. Ziggy
    2. Kerryon
    Last December they had 21 players on the injured list

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