Detroit Lions cornerback DeShawn Shead did not participate in the team’s practice on Wednesday. He was spotted working with a trainer on an undisclosed injury. This comes following a variety of moves the Lions made in the secondary the past couple of days, including the additions of safety Marcus Cromartie and cornerback Sterling Moore. This is the first time that Shead has sat out of practice following Detroit’s preseason game against the New York Giants last Friday where he did not play a single snap.
The race for the Lions CB2 role has been heating up in recent weeks. Incumbent Nevin Lawson has been seeing a majority of the first team reps in practice and has been listed as a starter in both of the team’s opening games. Shead was signed by the Lions last spring on a one-year deal worth just over $3 million and has been competing with Lawson and former second-round pick Teez Tabor for playing time across from Darius Slay.
The corner has suffered from injuries in the past as well. He was a member of the Super Bowl winning Seattle Seahawks secondary that earned the “Legion of Boom” moniker and was a regular starter in Seattle until he tore his ACL in the divisional round of the 2016 playoffs. He spent much of the 2017 season on the physically unable to perform list before being released by Seattle this past March.
While we still do not know the severity and cause of Shead’s injury, this could prove to be a blow to his chances to be named the Day 1 starter in the upcoming season. With the Lions clearly set on bringing in more talent to compete for a roster spot and Shead still not having shown that he can be a regular contributor this season, his roster spot may also be in jeopardy.
Guard T.J. Lang, wide receiver Jace Billingsley and defensive tackle Toby Johnson also did not participate on Wednesday.