The Lions Curse still lives. Just weeks after acquiring tight end Tony Scheffler from the Denver Broncos, it has become known that the offensive weapon who was supposed to supplement the injured Brandon Pettigrew is battling an injury of his own.
According to Nick Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press, Scheffler believes the boot on his right foot is “just a precautionary deal.” Jim Schwartz agrees with Scheffler’s assessment. According to the coach, it’s just an irratation:
“He’s got an irritated foot,” coach Jim Schwartz said. “We just put him in the boot for a little while. He’ll probably be back soon. Nothing big. Just a little bit of irritation.”
A boot on the foot just for an irritation? Where have we heard this before? The Lions have become so sneaky at hiding injuries, it’s tough to make a call on this injury, but at this point you have to trust the Schwartz. Let’s pray this time it really isn’t serious.
At least we haven’t heard the word evaluate.
Scheffler is a big part of the plans on offense in 2010. He gives the Lions two 6’5″ tight ends that can block, catch and run well. But now the signing of tight end John Madsen makes a bit more sense. With Pettigrew in a brace and Scheffler in a boot, more bodies are needed for OTAs. It proves the point that you cannot have too much talent at one position. It looks like Will Heller could be a bigger part of the plans in 2010 than we ever could have thought.
Or maybe I am just looking ahead to the worst case scenario as a downbeat Lions fan this Thursday. Suddenly we things start to look up, they always find a way to crumble down don’t they?
Scheffler had 416 receiving yards in 2010 as a member of the Denver Broncos. We will keep you updated on the “boot” situation.