The Detroit Lions will be without the services of Kyle Van Noy for quite a while. The team announced Thursday that he had surgery to repair an injured core muscle. That type of injury takes some time to heal. The team is currently evaluating whether to put Van Noy on injured reserve and bench him for the season or put him on a short term IR in which he could be eligible to return by mid season. The short term IR seems most likely given he can be available later on this season.
The injury to Van Noy continues the Detroit Lions struggles with second round picks. They drafted Mikel Leshoure who did not play his first season due to injury and is now on the verge of losing a roster spot. Titus Young was a promising young receiver until he lost his mind and is now out of the league. Ryan Broyles is finally healthy after 3 years in a row of injuries for him (1 college and 2 NFL). Darius Slay struggled last season with injury and inconsistency, although he is slated to start this season. Finally, Louis Delmas could not stay healthy for much of his time in Detroit. Prior to Delmas was the Matt Millen years which we will not evaluate for this point.
UPDATE: Dave Birkett reposted a tweet that should shed some light on the Van Noy situation. I copied the text below:
“@ProFootballDoc: Doubt IR. Typically 4-6wks. Carry or IR/dfr. Kyle Van Noy Core muscle = athletic pubalgia = sports hernia.”
Given what ProFootballDoc stated, The Lions are more likely to stick him on short term IR or carry him on the active roster. Given the length of recovery time, I would bet short term IR would be his most likely designation so that the team can evaluate one of the bubble players until he returns.