The Detroit Lions will be without wide receiver Ryan Broyles for the remainder of the 2012 season and possibly even longer, as he has suffered another torn ACL. Broyles left Sunday's game after being tackled a bit awkwardly, and Jim Schwartz announced on Monday that Broyles tore his right ACL on the play.
In college at Oklahoma last year, Broyles suffered a torn left ACL. He was able to battle back from the injury quickly enough to be picked in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Lions. Although it took him a while to fully get back from the injury in order to practice on a regular basis with the Lions, he improved quite rapidly. He was just starting to break out and become a reliable target for Matthew Stafford, but now it's back to square one.
The most unfortunate thing about this is that Broyles had been playing so well for the Lions. Wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson was especially excited about Broyles' future. Just last week, Jefferson said that Broyles is "going to be a big part of our success here," but now the Lions will have to wait out another ACL recovery to get him back on the field.
At least Broyles is taking this news with a positive attitude, as he tweeted the following on Monday afternoon:
With Broyles now out for the season and Titus Young not in the mix to get back into the rotation, the Lions will have to sign a wide receiver this week to add more depth to the position. Brian Robiskie, who was inactive on Sunday, will likely get more playing time, but the Lions will need to bring in somebody new for the rest of 2012.