Jeff Backus Injury: Lions OT On Schedule With Recovery

Lions offensive tackle Jeff Backus is on schedule with his recovery from bicep surgery.

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Jeff Backus Injury: Lions OT On Schedule With Recovery From Bicep Surgery

Detroit Lions left tackle Jeff Backus injured his bicep during the Lions playoff game against the Saints and had to have surgery on it in January, but looks to be completely on track with his recovery according to DetroitLions.com. Backus is not yet ready to play, but he's still got some time before the organized team activities start later this month and training camp is still ages away.

“The goal is to just get stronger, get my peck stronger and my bicep stronger and once I get into OTAs be smart about things and see how it goes,” he said.

“Coming off surgery, it’s about working myself in. I feel great right now. There hasn’t been any setbacks or limitations, it’s just about getting stronger.”

Backus has started 177 consecutive games for the Lions at the left tackle position since being drafted in 2001 and signed a two year deal to keep him on the team this offseason.

And if Backus isn't 100% by the time the season has started for whatever reason, the Lions did draft a replacement for him in Riley Reiff so Backus can take his time to get better if the 32 year old really needs to.

For more on Jeff Backus and the Detroit Lions, head over to Pride Of Detroit. More news and analysis on the NFL in general can be found over at SB Nation's NFL hub.

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Detroit Lions' Jeff Backus Schedules Surgery For Torn Bicep

One of the longest tenured Lions may have seen his Detroit career come to an end with Saturday night's loss tot he New Orleans Saints. Jeff Backus, who has toiled in Detroit since being a first round selection in 2001 by the club, tore his bicep muscle and will likely miss a significant amount of time according to sources:


Freepbirkett_normal Schwartz: Backus was scheduled for surgery today. He's going to miss "a significant portion of time" - @freeplions via Twitter

Backus is a free agent after this season, so his injury and contract situation could see the Lions looking elsewhere to replace him if he is going to miss the start of the season. Backus has provided critical depth on this year's team, but Detroit could look for a younger tackle to add to the club via the draft at a cheaper price since Backus is a veteran lineman that would fetch a higher price in free agency.

For more on the Detroit Lions heading into the offseason, check out Pride of Detroit. You can also head over to SB Nation's main NFL hub at SBNation.com/NFL.

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Detroit Lions Lineman Backus Tears Bicep On Way To Offseason, Free Agency

Veteran offensive tackle Jeff Backus finally found himself in a playoff game after starting every game of his career since the Detroit Lions selected him with their top pick in the 2001 NFL draft.

The Lions' loss to the New Orleans Saints wasn't the only pain Backus was dealing with after the game since he was forced to leave the field early after tearing a bicep muscle.

"A guy made an inside move and I went to hook him with my arm and my bicep popped," Backus said. "Simple. I knew right when it happened what happened. With the experience with my (pectoral), I knew what it felt to tear a muscle and it was the exact same sensation."

Could that be the way the lineman's career ends with the Lions? Backus is a free agent and after the offensive line issues this season, the team may make his spot in the starting lineup open for competition. While that may lead Backus to look elsewhere for a more secure role, Pride of Detroit still expects him to return next season.

6. Jeff Backus - He will be a free agent this year. I expect him to return to the Lions but he isn't a lock to start. The Lions may bring in a young tackle through the draft or free agency. Unless they have decided Fox is ready. Backus will compete for his job. The lack luster performance of the O line as a season cannot go ignored again. Many jobs will be up for grabs.

For more on the Detroit Lions heading into the offseason, check out Pride of Detroit. You can also head over to SB Nation's main NFL hub at SBNation.com/NFL.

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