The Detroit Lions announced on Thursday that cornerback Bill Bentley is headed to injured reserve with a season-ending shoulder injury. Bentley suffered the injury back on Oct. 14 against the Philadelphia Eagles, and he had missed the previous two games because of it. Now, it has been decided that Bentley will have surgery on his injured shoulder next week, which is why the Lions have decided to put him on IR.
This is extremely disappointing news considering how well Bentley was playing for a rookie. He emerged during training camp as a starter at cornerback, and although he had his struggles at times, he was showing a lot of promise.
The good news for the Lions is that they have cornerback Drayton Florence set to return to game action in a couple weeks. Also, Chris Greenwood could potentially be activated from the PUP list in the near future. Even if Greenwood isn't activated, the Lions still have rookie Jonte Green, who has been playing at a much higher level than he was at the start of the season.
To fill Bentley's spot on the roster for now, the Lions signed defensive back Don Carey, who was with the team during training camp. Carey can play both cornerback and safety, and he was waived-injured and later outright released back in August. With him back on the team, he can provide extra depth at both positions in the secondary.