Detroit football is back! But there may be some bad news…
Kerry Hyder, a star on the Lions’ defensive line, went down clutching his left leg today. The preseason was less than a quarter old. This is definitely the part of preseason that teams and fans hate the most. The Lions won the game 24-10, but Hyder’s injury overshadowed it.
And if it turns out to be serious — the cart came out for Hyder and Lions coach Jim Caldwell called it “significant” — that’s a huge blow for the Lions and a defensive line that has already been dealing with injuries to Ezekiel Ansah and Cornelius Washington.
Jake Rudock showed the Detroit Lions he could fill in for Matthew Stafford — if needed.
The Indianapolis Colts, meanwhile, are still looking for an answer behind Andrew Luck.
Rudock took advantage of the injury-depleted Colts by throwing two touchdown passes to Kenny Golladay, driving the Lions to a short field goal and leading them to a 24-10 victory in the preseason opener on Sunday.
“You can see the difference between last year and this year at this time,” Lions coach Jim Caldwell said. “He has a better grasp of things around him. He’s in command.”
The second-year quarterback went 13 of 21 for 142 yards.
But Rudock also threw a 15-yarder to Golladay in the second and set up Matt Prater for a 28-yard field goal to make it 17-3 at the half. Detroit closed out its scoring with a 15-yard TD pass from Brad Kaaya to Dontez Ford. Catch the sweet video here:
.@kaaya323 ➡️ Dontez Ford.
— NFL (@NFL) August 13, 2017
With Luck still on the physically unable to perform list following offseason surgery on a partially torn labrum in his throwing shoulder, the Colts did not do well.
Indy finished with 230 total yards — 90 on its final drive — and 14 first downs. Their only points came from Adam Vinatieri’s 42-yard field goal in the first half and a 1-yard TD plunge from Troymaine Pope as time ran out.