The Detroit Lions' bye week could not have come at a better time, because they are pretty banged up following Sunday's win over the Dallas Cowboys. Several players got hurt or re-aggravated injuries during Sunday's game, and one of the injuries may be quite serious.
Unfortunately, it looks like wide receiver Ryan Broyles' season is over. He went down with an injury on a punt return against the Cowboys. He was simply trying to avoid the ball and let it bounce, and it turns out that he may have ruptured his Achilles, according to Jim Schwartz. If that is indeed the case, Broyles will be out for the rest of the season, and this will be his third year in a row with a season-ending injury (he tore an ACL each of the last two years).
The overall impact of losing Broyles really doesn't seem like it will be all that large for the Lions. He's only got 8 catches for 85 yards this season, and while it obviously sucks that he's injured again, he hasn't been nearly as big of a contributor this season as the Lions were originally hoping. With Nate Burleson hopefully back after the bye week, I can't imagine Broyles' injury will make them any more desperate for help at wide receiver.
In other injury news, defensive end Ziggy Ansah (ankle), cornerback Bill Bentley (knee) and running back Reggie Bush (shoulder stinger) all suffered injuries on Sunday, as did defensive tackle Nick Fairley, who remained in the game despite hurting his knee or shoulder or maybe even both. Ansah and Bentley were forced out of the game, but Bush returned just like last week when he experienced the same injury. Louis Delmas was also a bit banged up, so having a couple weeks off will be big for all of these guys.