Detroit Lions defensive tackle Corey Williams is out for at least this week after having knee surgery. Williams had been having issues with one of his knees for some time now, and he ended up having surgery on it on Tuesday, according to Lions head coach Jim Schwartz. Schwartz shared the news of the surgery with the media on Thursday and explained the reasoning behind not making it public until now. From MLive:
"Corey had knee surgery on Tuesday," Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. "I didn't announce it yesterday because I wanted to wait until we got two days of game plan from Minnesota. He'll be declared out this week. He'll be week-to-week."
The good news for the Lions is that they are off next week. Their bye comes pretty early in the season, which hopefully means Williams won't end up missing all that much time. In general, the bye is coming at a pretty good time given how many injuries the Lions are dealing with. Safety Louis Delmas, for example, is expected to return after the bye week. Like Williams, knee surgery has kept Delmas out.
With Williams set to miss some time, Nick Fairley and Sammie Hill will have to step up their game in place of him.