On Thursday morning, Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia announced that seventh-round rookie defensive lineman Jashon Cornell will be placed on injured reserve, ending his 2020 season. He also announced three other moves: fullback Luke Sellers has been cut, while the Lions have re-signed both running Wes Hills and wide receiver Chris Lacy.
Cornell was injured midway through Tuesday’s practice after collapsing to the ground during a one-on-one pass rushing rep. He appeared to be clutching his left left for several minutes before he was carted off by the team’s medical personnel. The Detroit Free Press is reporting it’s an Achilles injury for Cornell.
Because the Lions placed Cornell on the injured reserve list prior to the start of the regular season, he is not eligible to return at any point during the season.
It’s always a huge bummer to see a rookie’s season end before it even begins. While Cornell had a long route to go to make the team’s 53-man roster, he could’ve used the year to develop on the team’s practice squad for a season. Instead, he’ll have to wait several months before he can even start working out again.
Luke Sellers was a rookie in competition for the fullback job with Nick Bawden and potentially even tight end Isaac Nauta. With Sellers gone, Bawden’s job certainly looks more safe, although the Lions could potentially have Nauta play double duty at fullback and tight end.
As for Wes Hills, he returns to a Lions backfield that is dealing with a couple injuries. Kerryon Johnson is getting the occasional “maintenance” days, while Bo Scarbrough suffered an injury of unknown severity during Tuesday’s practice.