A major risk taken by the Detroit Lions during the 2013 NFL Draft was the selection of the reportedly hobbled Darius Slay early in the second round. Slay, it was thought, would require surgery to fix a meniscus problem, but the Lions originally assured folks that wouldn't be necessary.
It was after all. Tuesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Slay underwent arthroscopic knee surgery last Friday. Originally it was expected Slay, a rookie out of Mississippi State, wouldn't need a procedure to fix his knee, but doctors figured that the surgery would end up helping Slay moving forward during the rest of his career. Better safe than sorry, it seems.
As a result, Slay will miss this weekend's rookie mini-camp in Detroit, where he was expected to be one of the most interesting players to watch. Already, NFL.com's Marc Sessler writes that the Lions have penciled in Slay to play opposite Chris Houston at right cornerback, and are counting on big things from the speedy rookie right away. The best news? Everyone seems to be in agreement that Slay will be back long before training camp begins in July.
For now, though, the focus will be on getting him as healthy as possible in the meantime. Detroit's had a checkered past with second round picks and injuries, dating back to Boss Bailey in 2002. Recently, the team hasn't had much luck in the round, losing Mikel Leshoure to a knee problem in 2011 and watching the previously injured Ryan Broyles fall victim to another busted ACL. Considering this, expect fans to be gun shy hearing about these issues.
Slay has a slight history with knee problems just as Broyles did, tearing an MCL while in high school during his 2009 season. Hopefully for the Lions and Slay, this preemptive move clears up any of his issues prior to the beginning of the season.
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