The Detroit Lions dealt with numerous injuries at right tackle last year. By the end of the season, three different players had started at the position, and it unfortunately looks like those injury issues have carried over to the 2014 season. I say that because starting right tackle LaAdrian Waddle left Monday's season opener early on with a right calf strain, and his replacement, Corey Hilliard, suffered a season-ending injury, according to Dave Birkett.
Following Monday's game, there didn't seem to be much concern over Hilliard, who received some treatment after coming in for Waddle but managed to finish the game. Actually, he looked on track to start this week with Waddle's status up in the air. That obviously won't be happening now, though. Birkett reports that Hilliard "suffered a Lisfranc injury and torn ligaments in his right foot," and he's expected to be placed on injured reserve as a result.
With a spot on the roster already open following cornerback Bill Bentley's season-ending injury, the Lions re-signed offensive lineman Garrett Reynolds on Wednesday morning. Reynolds was let go during the final round of cuts after the Lions opted to keep fewer players than usual at offensive guard and center, but he also has the ability to play offensive tackle. That's why the Lions re-signed him, and it's possible that he could start at right tackle this week against the Carolina Panthers. It'll be either him or undrafted rookie Cornelius Lucas if Waddle isn't healthy enough to play.
With Reynolds taking Bentley's spot, chances are a new cornerback will take Hilliard's spot once he officially goes on injured reserve. The Lions haven't made any decisions on their secondary just yet, but they will almost certainly add a defensive back with Bentley out for the year with a torn ACL.