Ryan Broyles Done for Season with Torn ACL

Broyles can't catch a break, tears other ACL

12/3/12 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Blog Photo - Ryan Broyles Done for Season with Torn ACLDetroit Lions wide receiver Ryan Broyles has been diagnosed with a torn right ACL and will miss the rest of the season. It's an incredibly tough break for Broyles, who missed the end of his senior year at Oklahoma with a torn left ACL. The good news is that his recovery will be easier than it would have been had he torn the same ACL as last year, but regardless, it's an unfortunate and abrupt ending to Broyles' rookie year, in which he showed a ton of promise when he finally got his chance on the field.

The blow is significant to the Lions' passing attack, as they put up their 2nd highest passing yard total in the one game that Broyles started (and finished) as the No. 2 receiver. With head coach Jim Schwartz stating that incendiary Titus Young is not under consideration to reclaim the No. 2 receiver role that he filled earlier this year, it seems that the Lions will go with fourth year man Mike Thomas, who they acquired from the Jaguars via trade earlier this season.

Thomas had a very nice surprise season for the Jaguars in his second year, catching 66 balls for 820 yards and four touchdowns. The following season, however, Thomas was far less productive, catching only 44 balls for 415 yards. This year, Thomas had 13 catches in seven games with the Jaguars, and has three catches in five games with the Lions. He's a clear downgrade from Broyles.

Despite Thomas' recent lack of production, he's worth grabbing onto in fantasy leagues if you need receiver help or are in a deeper league. The Lions like to air out the ball, and a ton of the secondary's attention goes to Calvin Johnson, so whoever the Lions' No. 2 receiver is should get more than enough opportunities to be productive.

Broyles, the NCAA's all-time leader in receptions, will now have to use his ACL recovery experience to nurse his right knee back to health. Picking up this injury at this point in the season has him with a pretty decent chance of missing the beginning of the 2013 campaign.
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