In what I’m thinking is the end of Teddy Lehman’s Lions career, he was placed on the “injured reserve/minor list” today with a strained hamstring. As per The Oakland Press, for those unfamiliar with the “injured reserve/minor list” (To be honest, I was), here is a description and why it was used in Lehman’s case.
By using IR-minor, the Lions can pay Lehman a to-be-determined injury settlement, release him, then wait six weeks from an agreed-upon date to sign him.
Lehman was signed less than a week ago, and immediately pegged to make the team as a backup strong side linebacker. So today’s news isn’t really a big story, but when it comes to the Lions, it’s just another sign of their plain old bad luck. This team can’t win for losing.
You’d think it only being a hamstring, the Lions wouldn’t write Lehman off so quickly. But as it was a severe enough injury for him to miss the rest of training camp, the team decided to not use a much needed open roster spot on someone who was not going to play much, if at all.
In other words, the odds are quite good Lehman’s not coming back. This is just a way to officially clear his roster space. It’s a shame, but that’s pro football. It doesn’t take much for a team to decide you aren’t worth keeping around, especially when injured.