The Detroit Lions' starting nickelback, Bill Bentley, is out for the season, according to Dave Birkett. Bentley suffered a knee injury during the Lions' season opener on Monday night, and Birkett reports that Bentley tore his ACL.
With Bentley out for the year, the Lions are in a tough position at cornerback. Nevin Lawson did an admirable job of filling in for Bentley after the injury happened against the New York Giants, but do they really want to roll with a rookie at that spot going forward? I mean, the nickelback is basically a starter at this point with how much the Lions utilize that package.
Lions played a ton of nickel. It was their base set most of the night. CB Nevin Lawson played 49 snaps. LB Tahir Whitehead played just 4.— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) September 9, 2014
Aside from the issue at nickelback, the Lions are in a tough spot because they don't exactly have a ton of depth at cornerback in general. It's possible that the Lions could sign Mohammed Seisay from their practice squad for this week, or they could bring in someone from the outside to add additional depth. Champ Bailey is the popular option amongst fans after he worked out for the Lions last week, but it's unclear if he is in their future plans at all.
In all likelihood, the Lions will officially place Bentley on injured reserve in the next day or so and make a decision about what to do at cornerback around the same time.
UPDATE: Bentley is now officially out for the season.
Lions announce they're placing Bill Bentley on IR with a torn ACL.— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) September 9, 2014