Lions don't expect Lawson back this year

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell says he does not expect rookie cornerback Nevin Lawson to return this season after he went down with dislocated toes Sunday and needed immediate surgery.

Caldwell said foot specialist Bob Anderson was at the game and evaluated Lawson. Caldwell says the surgery was successful.

The Lions drafted Lawson in the fourth round this year out of Utah State. Detroit entered the season with a number of questions in the secondary after losing cornerback Chris Houston and safety Louis Delmas in the offseason. Now Lawson and cornerback Bill Bentley are dealing with long-term injuries. Bentley hurt his knee in the season opener Sept. 8 and went on injured reserve.

Safety James Ihedigbo also has a neck problem.

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