All things considered, the Detroit Lions had pretty good luck in the injury department in training camp and the preseason. Yes, they lost Kyle Van Noy for half the season after he had surgery on a core muscle injury, but overall, they were a pretty healthy team coming into Week 1.
Coming out of Week 1, the Lions are a bit banged up. Three players dealt with notable injuries during Monday night's win over the New York Giants, including cornerback Bill Bentley, who left early on with a knee injury. As soon as it happened, it looked like a possible torn ACL given that it was a non-contact injury, and it sounds like the Lions are preparing for that type of diagnosis.
Caldwell said Waddle suffered a calf sprain, on if Bentley tore his ACL "that hasn't been confirmed yet"— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) September 9, 2014
Bentley will likely undergo further testing on Tuesday. If it ends up being confirmed that he did tear his ACL, the Lions will have to look for some help at cornerback. Rookie Nevin Lawson did an excellent job in his place at nickelback, especially considering he was thrown into the fire with a matchup against Victor Cruz, but the Lions will need extra depth if Bentley's injury is as serious as it seems. (It's worth noting that the Lions worked out cornerback Champ Bailey last week.)
The Lions could also use some extra depth at safety. Although James Ihedigbo is hoping to return in Week 2 after dealing with what is apparently a shoulder injury rather than an issue with his neck or knee, the Lions are pretty thin at safety with Don Carey currently out with a hamstring injury. Their lack of depth was evident when Glover Quin briefly left Monday's game with what turned out to be cramps. Isa Abdul-Quddus and Jerome Couplin were the Lions' safeties at one point, and that was obviously not an ideal situation. (It's worth noting here that safety Chris Clemons worked out for the Lions last week.)
Finally, the Lions had a less-than-ideal situation at right tackle on Monday night. Much like last year's season opener, their starter left early in the game. This year, it was LaAdrian Waddle who was sidelined because of an injury. Specifically, he suffered a calf injury. Corey Hilliard came in to replace him, but with Cornelius Lucas inactive, the Lions were one injury away from disaster on their offensive line.
With a short week coming up, hopefully the Lions will get good news in the coming days on guys like Waddle, Ihedigbo and Carey. Obviously they will be hoping for good news on Bentley as well, but all signs point to the Lions needing help at cornerback based on the initial word on his status going forward.