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ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) -- The Detroit Lions have put cornerback Bill Bentley on injured reserve after a knee injury in Monday night's 35-14 win over the New York Giants.

The team says Bentley has an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

Detroit's secondary played fine in the season opener but it's already a bit thin after losing Bentley. Safety James Ihedigbo was inactive for the game - he's been dealing with knee and neck injuries.

Bentley is in his third NFL season. He started five games last season for Detroit.


September 9th, 2014, 6:47 pm
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Lions injury report: Updates on Bill Bentley, LaAdrian Waddle, Glover Quin

The Detroit Lions dealt with a few notable injuries on Monday night, including one that may be of the season-ending variety.

All things considered, the Detroit Lions had pretty good luck in the injury department in training camp and the preseason. Yes, they lost Kyle Van Noy for half the season after he had surgery on a core muscle injury, but overall, they were a pretty healthy team coming into Week 1.

Coming out of Week 1, the Lions are a bit banged up. Three players dealt with notable injuries during Monday night's win over the New York Giants, including cornerback Bill Bentley, who left early on with a knee injury. As soon as it happened, it looked like a possible torn ACL given that it was a non-contact injury, and it sounds like the Lions are preparing for that type of diagnosis.

Bentley will likely undergo further testing on Tuesday. If it ends up being confirmed that he did tear his ACL, the Lions will have to look for some help at cornerback. Rookie Nevin Lawson did an excellent job in his place at nickelback, especially considering he was thrown into the fire with a matchup against Victor Cruz, but the Lions will need extra depth if Bentley's injury is as serious as it seems. (It's worth noting that the Lions worked out cornerback Champ Bailey last week.)

The Lions could also use some extra depth at safety. Although James Ihedigbo is hoping to return in Week 2 after dealing with what is apparently a shoulder injury rather than an issue with his neck or knee, the Lions are pretty thin at safety with Don Carey currently out with a hamstring injury. Their lack of depth was evident when Glover Quin briefly left Monday's game with what turned out to be cramps. Isa Abdul-Quddus and Jerome Couplin were the Lions' safeties at one point, and that was obviously not an ideal situation. (It's worth noting here that safety Chris Clemons worked out for the Lions last week.)

Finally, the Lions had a less-than-ideal situation at right tackle on Monday night. Much like last year's season opener, their starter left early in the game. This year, it was LaAdrian Waddle who was sidelined because of an injury. Specifically, he suffered a calf injury. Corey Hilliard came in to replace him, but with Cornelius Lucas inactive, the Lions were one injury away from disaster on their offensive line.

With a short week coming up, hopefully the Lions will get good news in the coming days on guys like Waddle, Ihedigbo and Carey. Obviously they will be hoping for good news on Bentley as well, but all signs point to the Lions needing help at cornerback based on the initial word on his status going forward.


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Post Re: Lions put Bentley on IR after knee injury
I knew we worked out Champ. But, I didn't know about Clemons.


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Well this is just flat out annoying...

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Post Re: Lions put Bentley on IR after knee injury
Well, what is encouraging is that Lawson played a pretty decent game against Victor Cruz. The Lions could still sign Champ, or possibly bring back one of the corners they cut at the end of camp (Greenwood or Jonte Green) as a fill. But once again, the Lions have GOT to be more aggressive during free agency to get a quality CB on this roster, even if it costs a bunch. Next season they should have the money, given that Suh's cap hit will go down one way or another.

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Post Re: Lions put Bentley on IR after knee injury
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Lions likely to promote from practice squad
September, 11, 2014

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Since the Detroit Lions brought in former All-Pro cornerback Champ Bailey for a tryout last week, one of the biggest questions has been whether or not the team would end up signing him.

It doesn't sound like that is happening right now.

Lions coach Jim Caldwell said Thursday it was likely the team would fill the vacant roster spot left open from the season-ending injury to Bill Bentley with one of the two defensive backs on the practice squad: safety Nate Ness or cornerback Mohammed Seisay.

"We're in the process of determining what we want to do with it," Caldwell said. "It's not like we don't have a plan. We do. We're working on it. And so you have to anticipate and understand we're at Thursday, so the most likely thing that's going to happen is we're bringing somebody up.

"Nobody is coming in off the street and coming in and playing for us in the next few days, correct? So we're working on it."

Caldwell said he believes that this is "how the system should work" unless you're looking for a specific skill set and can bring a player in from the outside to fill that.

It would seem unlikely, though, that any player could come into Detroit and end up making an impact on Sunday against Carolina. Ness has more experience, having played in eight games over four seasons, making five tackles.

Seisay is the more developmental project and could end up being the better special-teams player.

"The thing I've learned is you can never have enough corners in this league," defensive coordinator Teryl Austin said. "But like I said before, the guys we have on the roster, they are guys that we feel comfortable with. They know our system, they know what we're doing.

"Like anything, if we can upgrade, if there's a chance we can upgrade, we'll upgrade. If not, we trust the guys we have here."

For now, it sounds as if the trusting metric will be the one the Lions employ.

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