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Well that’s not the start the Detroit Lions were looking for. The team announced Monday that high-priced free agent pass rusher Trey Flowers will open camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.

Flowers inked a five-year, $90 million contract this past offseason to move from New England to Detroit. He’s expected to significantly upgrade the Lions’ pass rush and overall front-line defense.

Hopefully Flowers is simply dealing with a minor injury. Detroit desperately needs to get off on the right foot in 2019, and it needs Flowers to be a big part of that resurgence. Many felt the Lions overspent to bring him on board. If he fails to make a big impact, that opinion will be justified.

In three seasons (Flowers was out his rookie year with an injury), the veteran edge rusher has tallied 164 tackles and 21 sacks.

Jesse Reed
Managing Editor at Sportsnaut. Featured on Yardbarker and MSN.com, and formerly was a breaking news writer/NFL analyst for Bleacher Report.