Dr. Robert Anderson has had two Detroit Lions players visit him down in North Carolina in the last week. First defensive tackle Nick Fairley made his way down there to get his injured foot looked at, and Dr. Anderson performed surgery on it before Fairley returned to Detroit. On Monday, offensive tackle Jason Fox was looked at by Dr. Anderson, and it was determined that surgery was unnecessary.
Fox is going to have to wear a cast on his foot for the next week, and he will be in an orthopedic boot after that. The good news is that this injury is not as serious as the one Fairley had. Fox doesn't have a fracture, and his recovery time is expected to be much shorter.
Obviously Fairley is a higher-profile player than Fox, but with Jeff Backus out with an injury of his own, it's important that Fox gets healthy and returns. Depth at offensive tackle is thin right now, and Fox was benefiting from getting No. 1 reps. The last thing the Lions need is two of their left tackles out, so it's good that Fox should be back in the next couple of weeks.
It's also good that Fox isn't going to have to deal with another long-term injury after spending most of last season recovering from a knee injury. Now is a key time for his development as a player, and it's great news that he should only miss a couple weeks of camp at most.