Lions Placing CB Justin Coleman On IR – But Hopeful For Quick Return


Matt Patricia said Monday afternoon he wasn't sure if Justin Coleman and Desmond Trufant were headed for injured reserve after the duo suffered hamstring injuries in the season-opener.

We got the answer on Coleman Tuesday morning.

The Lions are indeed placing the veteran corner on IR, according to the NFL Network. But it could be worse. Coleman will be eligible to return in three weeks, at which time the Lions are hopeful he'll be good to go.

In the meantime, the Lions will have to find someone else to cover the slot. And depending on the severity of Trufant's injury, they may need to find another No. 1 corner on the outside, too.

Detroit finished Sunday's game playing back-ups Darryl Roberts and Tony McRae alongside Amani Oruwariye, the only starting cornerback left. The team worked out four free agent defensive backs on Monday, including former Eagle Jaylen Watkins.

It would be a boost if third overall pick Jeff Okudah is able to play in Week 2 after missing the opener with a hamstring injury. The Lions are traveling to Green Bay for a matchup with Aaron Rodgers, who threw for 364 yards and four touchdowns in Week 1.