Share “Lions' rookie Reiff on the spot with...”

Lions' rookie Reiff on the spot with Backus ailing

Associated Press Modified: November 21, 2012 at 3:17 am •  Published: November 21, 2012
Advertisement

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Riley Reiff was one of the last players to leave the field Tuesday at Detroit's practice facility.

That was appropriate, because the Lions' rookie offensive lineman could have quite a task on his hands this week — without a lot of time to prepare.

Reiff may very well start for the Lions at left tackle Thursday against the Houston Texans. Jeff Backus, a mainstay on the offensive line for over a decade, is recovering from a hamstring injury, his streak of 186 starts in serious jeopardy. Reiff, a first-round draft pick this year, is preparing for whatever role awaits him on Thanksgiving.

Backus was hurt in the first half of Sunday's loss to Green Bay, leaving Reiff to fill in.

Backus did not participate in practice Tuesday. He's started every game so far in his 12-year NFL career.


AROUND THE WEB

  1. 1
    University of Phoenix Going Down in Flames?
  2. 2
    OKC man arrested after allegedly trying to set up meeting to have sex with minor
  3. 3
    Hoping to become tourist haunt, Nevada town finds boost in spirits
  4. 4
    Violence not keeping away Americans: Mexico sees 25% spike in U.S. travelers
  5. 5
    Jimmy Carter: U.S. Is an 'Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery'
+ show more

FEATURED JOBS



× Trending sports Article