The Lions placed wide receiver Mike Furrey on the injured reserve today, ending his season due to a concussion. According to a statement made by general manager Martin Mayhew, Furrey was continuing to experience the effects of a concussion, even though it happened three weeks ago. Furrey hadn't practiced since he sustained the concussion, as he experienced dizziness or nausea when he tried to get out on the field, according to Mayhew.
Furrey, however, says that this was solely the Lions' decision, as he is "100% right now." Furrey wasn't happy with being put on the IR, and it sounds like the Lions shelved him in a way similar to what they did with Jon Kitna.
“This is the way they want to go,” Furrey said. “I’m 100% right now, and I’ll be getting ready for next year next week.”
"I had a little bit of lightheadedness afterward, but who wouldn’t after you hadn’t run for two weeks?" Furrey said. "But they tried to shut me down from there."
“I actually had to go confront it,” Furrey said. “I went up to Martin and asked him what was going on. I was planning on going to practice today. I confronted him in the lunch room, and he said they were going to stick to the plan they had last week.”
“There were some incidents throughout the two weeks that I should have just rested,” Furrey said. “Instead I went out and tried to run.”
“It’s crazy,” said Furrey, who has one year left on his contract. “So I feel bad. Detroit’s been good to me, and this whole situation’s just, it’s disappointing. I just want to play football. Whether it’s here or wherever, that’s all I want to do.”
To fill the open roster spot, the Lions signed wide receiver Keary Colbert, who was released by the Seahawks on November 11. Colbert was traded to Seattle from Denver earlier this season, and he only caught 7 passes in 7 games with the Seahawks.