The Lions placed offensive lineman Damion Cook on injured reserve Friday because of a torn triceps muscle, ending his season before it even started.
Cook, who was fighting for a roster spot as a backup, is expected to undergo surgery with Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., in the next week.
The team replaced Cook on the roster with Bobby Sippio, a journeyman receiver who has played in the Arena Football League as well as brief NFL stints with Kansas City and Miami. Sippio, 28, adds another receiver to the roster with Bryant Johnson, John Standeford and Dennis Northcutt all sidelined by injuries in training camp.
Most of the rest of the injury absences continued Friday, including Brandon Pettigrew and Louis Delmas, two of the Lions’ rookies expected to be starters early this season. Pettigrew has missed the last five days with a thigh injury — seven practices total — while Delmas (knee) has missed the last three days.
And so it begins…
This is always my least favorite part about the Lions burgeoning season because for some strange reason, we always get wailed on with injuries before the real games start, whether it be in camp or in the preseason games, key guys find themselves hurt.
Cook isn’t exactly the cornerstone of the team, but finding out that Delmas and Pettigrew are nursing injuries is very, VERY discomforting. It not only raises those continuing, nagging questions about durability (like Charles Rogers or Teddy Lehman or Boss Bailey), it makes me wonder how the hell you’re supposed to get it right in today’s NFL.
Remember Mooch and all the suffering he did via injuries? He wanted a tough camp. Many key guys get hurt. Next year he’s afraid, so he decides to take it easy. We look really soft on the field and end up getting banged up in preseason games anyways.
If this is the start of the injury train, so be it. There’s little we can do about it. I’m just hoping that those late round draft picks turn into solid bench depth. That’s how winners survive in the NFL. That’s how a Patriots team can lose Tom Brady right off the bat for the entire season and still find themselves in the running come November.