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Bill Bentley injury: Lions CB has surgery on shoulder

One of Detroit's top corners will be ready by minicamp next year.


Detroit Lions cornerback Bill Bentley had surgery on his shoulder on Tuesday night after injuring it three different times this year. Bentley will miss the rest of the season, though that was known last week when the team put him on injured reserve. The rookie, who started three games for Detroit this year, is expected to be ready for Organized Team Activities in 2013.

The Lions selected Bentley out of Louisiana-Lafayette in this year's draft, and he quickly ascended the depth chart despite his inexperience. Unfortunately for Detroit, he could not stay healthy -- along with his shoulder injuries, he also missed the team's Week 2 game due to a concussion.

Bentley first injured his shoulder this offseason and then dislocated it in a preseason game against the Oakland Raiders. He dislocated it again in Week 6 against the Philadelphia Eagles and hasn't played since. Detroit decided to go ahead with the surgery after consulting Dr. James Andrews.