The Detroit Lions have now lost two nickelbacks to injuries this week. First, Bill Bentley tore his ACL on Monday night against the New York Giants. And on Sunday, rookie Nevin Lawson dislocated his foot against the Carolina Panthers. The injury was severe enough that Lawson was already in surgery by the time Jim Caldwell met with the media following the game.
Cornerback was already a thin position for the Lions before these injuries, and now there's no depth. Darius Slay, Rashean Mathis and Cassius Vaughn are the only cornerbacks left for the Lions, and Slay actually briefly left Sunday's game with an injury of his own. Considering he quickly returned, it doesn't appear to be anything significant, but they can't afford any additional injuries at this position.
It's unclear at this time how long Lawson will be out, but given the severity of the injury, this could be another season-ending type of deal for the Lions. If that is indeed the case and Lawson ends up on injured reserve, the Lions could end up signing Mohammed Seisay from their practice squad. He was nearly signed this weekend, but the team opted for safety Nate Ness instead.
Even if the Lions add Seisay, they could still bring in outside help as well. Champ Bailey, for example, is still unsigned, although I suppose there's a reason for that. Even if they don't sign Bailey, it would be wise to add somebody. There wasn't really a ton of depth at cornerback to begin with, and now there's none left with the Lions down two cornerbacks after only two games.