Lions Place Desmond Trufant, Danny Shelton On IR

The Lions have placed cornerback Desmond Trufant and defensive tackle Danny Shelton on injured reserve, per a club announcement. With the season winding down and the Lions out of the playoff picture, this could mark the end of their seasons.

The Lions picked up Trufant in March after he was released midway through his five-year, ~$69MM mega-deal with the Falcons. So far, he’s played in just six games under his more reasonable two-year, $21MM deal, which includes $14MM in guarantees. Last year, Trufant compiled four interceptions and seven passes defended despite being limited to only nine games. In 2020, he’s got one interception, four passes defended, and 20 total stops.

Shelton — who entered the league as the No. 12 pick in the 2015 draft — never lived up to his draft status, but he’s built a solid career as a run-stuffer. The 345-pound lineman played a key role with the Pats last year and found a home as the Lions starter this year. Unfortunately, after eleven starts, his season could be done thanks to a knee injury suffered against the Texans.

Down two defensive starters, the Lions will travel to Chicago this weekend to face the Bears.

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4 comments on “Lions Place Desmond Trufant, Danny Shelton On IR

  1. Alexander Jones

    Such a shame – now with MattPatty/Quinntricia out, wonder where all the old washed up Pat-vets are going to go grift off a FOR FREE multi-million contract? Seriously, just come to Detroit, gets 10 million and feign an “injury”, then collect your cheques. Libturd 101.

  2. jay13

    I really liked what Danny Shelton was bringing to the table when he was on the field. Also was a big fan of Trufant. Its going to be a long end to the year.

    • tigersfan1320

      Did you watch the games Trufant played in? He was not good. Constantly getting beat down the field and misreading routes. Clearly was a step behind the receivers he was going up against.

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