Detroit Lions left tackle Taylor Decker will start the season on injured reserve after undergoing surgery on his finger this week.
Decker missed practice on Thursday with the finger injury and was immediately ruled out for Week 1 against the San Francisco 49ers. After further evaluation, doctors determined the 28-year-old left tackle needed to undergo surgery.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Decker is expected to miss approximately a month of action. Placing him on short-term IR allows Detroit to fill his roster spot for at least the next three weeks.
It’s a significant blow for the Lions’ offensive line. Detroit spent the No. 7 pick on Penei Sewell, one of the best prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft. After being moved to right tackle in training camp, the organization might now adjust its plan.
Sewell struggled during the preseason, surrendering multiple sacks. Between his year away from football and the difficulties of learning a new position, the rookie’s early woes aren’t surprising.
With the left tackle spot opened up, it might be in the team’s best interest to move Sewell. Playing a familiar position could help him adjust better to the NFL and while there will be mistakes, it could be the best thing for his career.