Bill Bentley to miss remaining season on IR due to shoulder injury
“He was sort of fighting through that injury with his shoulder,” said Detroit Lions general manger Martin Mayhew. “He felt like he could still play. He really wanted to play.”
“But there was just concern on our part and his part about making it worse, about his ability to stay on the field if he did get into a game,” continued Martin Mayhew, “and about how he would perform with a harness on and some of the limitations he had, as far as his range of motion.”
The third-round draft pick Bill Bentley was supposed to fill-in for Eric Wright, who signed on a five-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a free agent. Although third-year veteran Alphonso Smith entered the Detroit Lions training camp as the top seed at cornerback, Bill Bentley stole the spot within a few days.
Bill Bentley started three games at right cornerback and also featured in nickel back packages. However, Bill Bentley missed another three games during the season due to injuries. The 23year-old Bill Bentley kept out of Week 2 against the San Francisco 49ers due to a concussion, and sustained a shoulder injury for the second time this year when the Detroit Lions played Philadelphia Eagles on 14th October. Bill Bentley missed the Detroit Lions’ last two games due to the prevailing shoulder injury.
“We felt the best thing to do was put him on injured reserve and get him healthy for next year,” stated Martin Mayhew.
With Bill Bentley scheduled to miss the rest of the season due to the shoulder injury, the Detroit Lions re-signed safety Don Carey to the open roster spot. Don Carey made the final roster cuts before the start of the regular season. He visited the Detroit Lions training facility on Wednesday.
The Detroit Lions will have their top three cornerbacks, Jonte Green, Jacob Lacey and Chris Houston available to play against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. Although the Detroit Lions veteran cornerback Drayton Florence returned from the short-term injured reserve this week for practice, he isn’t expected to play until 18th November against the Green Bay Packers.
Meanwhile Detroit Lions safeties Amari Spievey and Louis Delmas missed practice again today due to concussion and knee injury respectively. Defensive end Cliff Avril and wide receiver Calvin Johnson suffering from back and knee injuries respectively, also missed Thursday’s practice.
On a brighter note, Detroit Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew (knee), tight end Brandon Pettigrew (knee), Linebacker DeAndre Levy (hamstring) and defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch returned to practice on Thursday after sitting out yesterday.
The Detroit Lions’ new trade acquisition, wide receiver Mike Thomas was also present for his first official team practice on Thursday. Martin Mayhew expressed excitement in signing Mike Thomas but still has to figure out a role for him in the Detroit Lions’ offense.
As for Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best, who’s been out since sustaining two concussions last season, Martin Mayhew declined to provide an update on his status. However, the Detroit Lions are a deadline for Monday to make a decision regarding his future with the team.