It has been a rough year for the Detroit Lions’ offensive line. Against the Cincinnati Bengals, the team started their 10th different personnel grouping for the offensive line. This Sunday against the Packers, they may be starting their 11th.
On Tuesday, the team announced guard Don Barclay has suffered a concussion and was placed on injured reserve. Barclay is now the third offensive lineman to suffer concussion-like symptoms after finishing a complete game. T.J. Lang missed one game after experiencing symptoms over 48 hours after finishing a game. Travis Swanson remains out after suffering from concussion symptoms following the Buccaneers game.
To fill the roster spot, the Lions signed tight end Hakeem Valles from the practice squad. Brandon Barnes fills his spot on the practice squad.
With no stake in Sunday’s game, it’ll be interesting to see if Detroit plays Lang against the Packers. Lang has been dealing with a foot injury for nearly a month now and missed last week’s contest against the Bengals. The Lions have a lot of money invested in Lang’s future, so it would make sense to give him rest.
If he can’t give it a go, the Lions will likely have to move a tackle, like Emmett Cleary or Corey Robinson, inside.