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Detroit Lions training camp injury update: Michael Ola leaves practice with leg injury, Bostic undergoes surgery on foot

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The injury bug continues to make its way throughout Detroit Lions training camp.

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Although it appeared the Detroit Lions escaped their preseason game with the Pittsburgh Steelers with few injuries, it now looks like the Lions are in a little trouble. Several Lions players are suffering from injuries now, and it happens to be at the positions in which the Lions are most vulnerable.

We begin with linebacker, a position at which the team is still suffering from the absence of DeAndre Levy, who remains on the Non-Football Injury list. Last week was a bad week for the Lions’ linebacker depth. After losing linebacker Jon Bostic to a serious injury during practice with the Steelers, Zaviar Gooden was knocked out of the first preseason game after colliding helmet-to-helmet with his teammate Isaiah Johnson. Both Bostic and Gooden did not participate in Monday’s practice.

But to make matters worse, first-stringer Josh Bynes, who had replaced Bostic as the starting weakside linebacker in Levy’s absence, also did not practice.

That left rookie fifth-round pick Antwione Williams to take snaps with the first-team defense... at a position he hadn’t played for the team since being drafted in May.

The Lions are similarly thin at offensive tackle. Though Detroit has numbers at the position, the only real proven backup to Riley Reiff and Taylor Decker was Michael Ola. Unfortunately, Ola appeared to have to suffered a leg injury during Monday’s practice:

If Ola’s injury proves to be long-term, the Lions may have to scramble to find another backup. Cornelius Lucas and Corey Robinson would essentially be first and second backups with the current roster, unless the team decided to move a versatile guy like Geoff Schwartz (who also sat out of Monday’s practice) or Joe Dahl to the outside.

Later, Don Carey was seen having his right leg examined on the sideline. Carey was just returning from the NFI list a few weeks ago and was starting to make a case for a spot on the roster in a hotly contested battle at the safety position. This injury, depending on how severe, could have huge implications for his chances to make the team.

Per usual, head coach Jim Caldwell did not provide any additional comments on these injuries, outside of noting that Bostic did have surgery, but not revealing any details about the surgery. Shortly after the press conference, however, ESPN’s Josina Anderson supplied some details about Bostic’s injury and surgery:

In better news, Darius Slay returned to practice after sitting out the second joint practice with the Steelers and the preseason game.