Lions linebacker Kyle Van Noy could potentially miss the season due to an undisclosed injury.
The Detroit Free Press reports Van Noy is getting a second opinion on the injury, which is increasingly getting worse. Van Noy, Detroit's 2014 second-round pick out of BYU has not practiced since Detroit's preseason loss to the Washington Redskins last week. Lions coach Jim Caldwell says Van Noy will miss an extended period of time.
“It's going to be a little while,” Caldwell told the Free Press. “It's not one of those injuries that's going to take a couple weeks. It's going to be a little bit. He's still getting -- I haven't heard on a second opinion yet, but it's a bit of a problem on the opposite side from where he had it before. It's a little bit different area, so he's got a little issue he's got to come through.”
Caldwell said Van Noy currently does not need surgery. The linebacker spent the first half of the 2014 season on injured reserve after a hernia surgery last August and played minimally the rest of the season, primarily on special teams. Caldwill did not rule out another stint on IR for Van Noy, who reportedly is not set for major playing time and could be a full-season injured reserve candidate if he's unable to play next week.
Van Noy recorded six tackles in the preseason game against Washington.
- Jeremy Woo