The Detroit Lions went into Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams without a ton of depth at cornerback. Chris Houston didn't play due to a high ankle sprain, forcing Jacob Lacey into the starting lineup alongside rookie Bill Bentley.
The Lions' depth at cornerback became even worse when Bentley was forced to leave the game. It was believed on Sunday that he suffered a concussion, and Lions head coach Jim Schwartz confirmed this on Monday. From MLive:
"I don't know how you'd classify it, because a concussion is a concussion, but he's doing really well," Schwartz said. "Yes, he has to pass a protocol to be back. That's an objective thing. That's not a subjective, 'Well, we think he's doing fine.' He has some hurdles he needs to cross, but we're optimistic."
Bentley's status for next Sunday is currently up in the air. Everybody reacts differently to concussions, so this could be something that only affects him for a brief period of time and allows him to play against the San Francisco 49ers, or it could force him to miss at least the next game. We should get a better idea about whether or not he will play later in the week.
As for Houston, he is planning to practice on Wednesday. Schwartz said on Monday that both Houston and safety Louis Delmas are closer to returning now than they were last Friday, so that's a good sign moving forward.
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