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Detroit Lions backup QB Tim Boyle suffers injury in preseason finale, expected to miss time

The Lions’ backup quarterback situation may have been resolved in the worst way.

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Detroit Lions quarterback Tim Boyle suffered an injury on Friday night just two possessions into the game. Boyle took a big hit on the first possession of the game, and although he finished that drive and the next, David Blough took over on the third offensive series of the night. Boyle went to the locker room with a trainer and returned with a brace on his right (throwing) hand.

Boyle entered the game as potentially the backup to starter Jared Goff. He led the Lions on an impressive 14-play, 70-yard touchdown drive against the Colts in which he completed 6-of-7 passes for 41 yards and a score.

However, his competition for the backup job, David Blough, put together a nice performance to finish off the half. Blough went 6-for-9 for 43 yards in the first half and led Detroit on a touchdown drive of his own, which featured two impressive scrambles from Blough that extended the drive.

At this point, it’s not clear how serious Boyle’s injury is, but the Lions may be forced to keep three quarterbacks on the 53-man roster and rely on Blough as the team’s backup going into Week 1.

UPDATE: After the game, head coach Dan Campbell said that the Lions have to do more test on Boyle’s hand, but they may have to prepare for him to miss some time.