Lions CB Jacob Lancey lost for the season
Jacob Lancey was to undergo further tests on Monday to determine the severity of his knee injury, but it appears likely that he will miss the Detroit Lions’ final two games of the regular season. While Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz offered that the injury “could be significant” he declined any further details on the health status of Jacob Lancey’s knee.
"Lacey is having some tests today," stated Jim Schwartz. “It's not ligament or anything like that, but there's potential it could keep him out for the rest of the season."
The 25-year-old Jacob Lancey sustained the knee injury after tackling Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald in the first quarter of Detroit Lions’ 38-10 loss on Sunday. Jacob Lancey lay on the field clutching his left knee in agony after the contact, but still mustered the strength to walk-off to the locker room on his own feet.
After having the knee tested and at one stage being cleared for return to the field, Jacob Lancey had hopes of continuing Sunday’s game but Jim Schwartz determined Lancey ““couldn’t run well enough” to step back in the game.
The Detroit Lions signed Jacob Lancey as a free agent in late March, but his 2012 campaign has been plagued by injuries. Before Sunday’s game, Jacob Lancey battled through knee injury, concussion and foot issues. Sunday’s injury marked the second time Jacob Lancey had to face knee issues this season.
The fifth-year pro Jacob Lancey has 36 tackles, four pass breaks and one interception into the season. He becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.
Jacob Lancey’ injury was another hit to a dwindling Detroit Lions secondary this season. First safety Louis Delmas missed eight games due to an August knee surgery, then Amari Spievey landed on the injured reserve with a concussion and finally Detroit Lions ruled out cornerback Bill Bentley for the season following a Week 9 shoulder surgery. Detroit Lions cornerback Drayton Florence also briefly spent time on the injured reserve this season with a fractured forearm.
On Sunday, Drayton Florence replaced Jacob Lancey in nickel package while rookie Jonte Green appeared opposite sixth-year pro Chris Houston in the Detroit Lions’ base defense.
The Detroit Lions (4-10) need all the help they can receive in the secondary when facing the NFC top seed Atlanta Falcons (12-2) and the NFL’s No.5 passer Matt Ryan at Ford Field on Saturday. The Atlanta Falcons will be battling it out to gain a homefield advantage in the playoffs with a single additional win in the regular season.
Meanwhile, Jim Schwartz said he had no updates on Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley (shoulder) or tight end Brandon Pettigrew (ankle). Although both Detroit Lions players were inactive for Sunday, Jim Schwartz hasn’t placed either on the injured reserve yet.
"If we don't put them on IR, there's still a hope in our mind that we'll get them back, or at least a chance that we'll get them back,” stated Jim Schwartz. “We'll just have to see how they continue to respond to treatment.”
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, who underwent a concussion test on the sidelines during the third quarter against Arizona Cardinals was also cleared today.