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Injury News: DeVries Out for Season, Johnson Wearing a Cast, Bullocks Headed to Alabama

If you thought the vast amount of injuries in the first week of training camp were bad, then I don't want to know what the rest of the second week has in store for us.  I say that because the second week of camp has started with a season-ending injury for Jared DeVries, a thumb injury for Calvin Johnson, and a visit with Dr. James Andrews for Daniel Bullocks.

Starting with what is the most serious injury, defensive end Jared DeVries ruptured an Achilles tendon and will have to have season-ending surgery to fix it.  DeVries suffered the injury during a goal line drill and had to be carted off the field.  It sounds like the injury is very serious, but Jim Schwartz said he doesn't think it is career-threatening.

The Lions were looking to add depth to the defensive line even before DeVries got hurt, which is why Shaun Smith was in Allen Park today.  Smith was released by the Browns over the weekend and was scheduled to get a physical by the Lions today.  He plays defensive end for the most part, but he has played some defensive tackle as well.  My guess is that with DeVries out, the Lions will try to fill the lack of depth pretty quickly.  Considering Smith is already in Allen Park, he could become a Lion very soon if he passes his physical.

One player the Lions can't afford to lose is Calvin Johnson, so you can imagine how scary it was when he left practice on Sunday after jamming his right thumb.  Again, you can imagine how much scarier it was to see him with a cast on his right hand.  Well, you can probably let out a small sigh of relief, as it doesn't sound like the injury is too serious.

Johnson will undergo more tests to make sure there isn't any significant damage to his thumb.

Initial X-rays on Johnson's thumb were negative, but the Lions are going to have their star receiver undergo a more detail examination.

Lions coach Jim Schwartz told the media the cast is a precautionary move.

Let's hope the cast comes off soon and that is the last time we have to see the word "injury" anywhere near Calvin Johnson.

The last bit of news on the injury front (for now) is that safety Daniel Bullocks was set to visit Dr. James Andrews in Alabama to have his knee looked at.  Andrews did surgery on the same knee in the past, and since Bullocks has missed practice recently, Andrews wanted to look at it.  It's never usually good news when an athlete has to visit Dr. James Andrews, but let's hope it turns out to be nothing serious for Bullocks.

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