The Detroit Lions suffered another big blow today as head coach Jim Caldwell announced that defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker has had surgery to repair a broken leg and dislocated ankle. His season is essentially over. Caldwell indicated that at some point this week they will announce Walker being placed on injured reserve. He would not comment though on what position the Lions intend to fill the open roster spot with. With injuries to Walker and Haloti Ngata already, defensive tackle looks to be the obvious choice. Even more so considering defensive tackle Andre Fluellen is a free agent after being released by Buffalo last week.
The big question though is who plays tight end if they add another defensive tackle? Eric Ebron suffered what is thought to be a knee sprain and his status is unknown. While he is expected to return this week, Brandon Pettigrew has not played or practiced in two weeks and seems questionable as well. That leaves only Tim Wright as an available tight end for the Lions. They could activate an extra offensive lineman and run with a blocking tight end instead if they choose. Regardless of how the team proceeds from here, their biggest free agent acquisition is done for the season, leaving fans to wonder what’s next.