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Jeff Backus injury: Lions OT doubtful for Thanksgiving game

Detroit Lions left guard Jeff Backus' impressive streak of 186 consecutive starts is at risk after the 35-year-old suffered a hamstring injury last weekend.


The Detroit Lions listed starting left guard Jeff Backus' status as doubtful for the team's game on Thanksgiving Day against the Houston Texans, putting one of the league's most impressive streaks of durability at risk. The 35-year-old Backus has never missed a game in his 12-year career, but it'll be difficult for him to take the field Thursday.

Drafted by the Lions with the 18th overall selection in the 2001 draft out of Michigan, Backus was immediately inserted into Detroit's starting lineup as a rookie. He hasn't left the lineup since, making 186 consecutive starts at left guard for the Lions up through last week.

That impressive feat of durability may be coming to a close this week, though, after Backus suffered a hamstring injury during Detroit's 24-20 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. He's not expected to be out for long, but the Lions will likely start 2012 first round pick Riley Reiff at left tackle in his place on Thanksgiving Day.