We are just over a week removed from the 2013 NFL Draft but there is already some bad news regarding the health of one of the Detroit Lions’ top picks. Darius Slay reportedly had arthroscopic knee surgery on Friday to address his torn meniscus.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke the news on twitter:
Lions’ 2nd-rd pick Darius Slay underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Friday, but is expected to be ready well before training camp.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 7, 2013
Martin Mayhew acknowledge that Slay suffered a knee injury during his pro day workout and that the team was well aware of that when they made the pick. There wasn’t any initial indication that surgery would be required but either the extent of the injury is more severe or the decision was made to have it repaired now rather than taking a chance that it might linger.
Surgery means Slay won’t be able to participate in this week’s rookie minicamp with recovery expected to take about two weeks. In short, Slay and the Lions are sacrificing some early practice time for assurance the knee won’t be an issue later. Slay should be at 100% to compete for a starting cornerback role in training camp.