It was during the third quarter of the Lions’ 24-7 loss to the Panthers on Sunday, that rookie and back-up nickel-back Nevin Lawson, reportedly suffered a dislocated foot.
Although, many hoped it was nothing serious, we all knew that it was a bad sign when he had to be carted off the field and rushed into immediate surgery at a local Charlotte hospital. During Monday’s media presser, head coach Jim Caldwell made it clear that while Lawson’s surgery was a success, as of right now, he doesn’t anticipate that Lawson will be back on the field this season.
“I had a chance to speak with Nevin this morning — [and he is] a valiant young man. Caldwell said. “He came through [the surgery] and from what they tell me he had a successful surgery and he is anxious to get back.”
“Now how long will it be [until he gets back on the field]? I’m not certain as of yet.” Caldwell continued. “The doctors will look at him before the release him, he is still at [Mercy Hospital in Charlotte] and he will be back in a day or so and the doctors will give us prognosis on the injury.
“I wouldn’t anticipate that he will be back this year but hopefully he will heal quickly.”
As I mentioned yesterday, the injury to Lawson couldn’t come at a worse time, considering the Lions only have three healthy cornerbacks left with Rashean Mathis, Darius Slay and Cassius Vaughn.
When you add that with the fact that the Lions will be facing quarterback Aaron Rogers and that talented Green Bay Packer offense this upcoming Sunday. There is no question that the Lions need to add some depth to this secondary immediately, especially at the cornerback position, since that is where they lack the most depth.
Now last week, the Lions brought in a quite a few free agent cornerbacks for a workout, including Chris Clemons, Roc Carmichael, Dimitri Patterson and Champ Bailey. However, when the time came to sign one, as I mentioned yesterday, the Lions decided to go in-house as they promoted safety Nate Ness from the practice squad.
Though Caldwell wouldn’t go in to specifics about whether he planned to bring in new set of cornerbacks for a workout. During Monday’s media presser, Caldwell did imply that he may once again go to his practice squad and consider promoting practice-squad cornerback Mohammed Seisay, who was considered this past week before Ness was promoted.
“We talked about [Mohammad Seisay] last week and so he is very much in play and certainly capable, but we’ll look at that and see what else we have to do.” Caldwell replied, when asked about Seisay. “I think with him he’s got length because he’s a guy that has good size, he’s got speed, he can run and he’s got a good nose for the ball as well. Obviously he is youthful, has not had an opportunity to play as of yet but I do think you’ll see that he has made good progress from what we saw in preseason and also his work during practice.”
“So, he is a very good candidate to come up and give us some help.”
I personally like the idea of bringing up Seisay. When I spoke to him last week, about the possibility of being moved up to the main roster, he made it clear that he is always ready to play, just in case his number is called.
“Everyday I come here to work and to prepare like I am going to play the game, so nothing about my work ethic is going to change.” Seisay said last Wednesday while speaking about possibly being called up to the main roster. “I have the vets here that I look up to like Rashean [Mathis], Cassius [Vaughn] and the all the other corners we have here. Like coach [Caldwell] said, ‘someone goes down, next man goes up.’ So I’m very prepared and whatever happens, happens but every week I prepare like I will be playing a game [on Sunday].”
At 6-foot-2 and 206 pounds, Seisay is already big and athletic with intriguing length and solid quickness which has allowed him to develop into a solid press corner in coverage. In fact, he showed some of those skills, during preseason play, when he caught an interception, while also showing his natural instincts in the open field when it came to making plays on the ball.
Plus, he has also proven that he is versatile enough to make an impact on special teams. You may have not noticed but special teams is the other area where Seisay made the most impact during his time with the Lions. Which is not surprising considering at Nebraska, they considered him to be “one of the Huskers’ top special-teams performers,” during his time as a Cornhusker.
Then if that’s not enough, has the drive and desire to dominate his opponent. More importantly, he brings the leadership and “team-first” type attitude which makes him a good player but an even better teammate.
So as far as Seisay goes, only time will tell. However, I think the chances of him getting moved up are good, considering, he was with the Lions throughout training camp and preseason and because he has continued to progress while being on the practice squad. I mean come on, who wouldn’t progress when your going up against wide receiver Calvin Johnson every day in practice.
NOTES: No official word yet, on whether strong safety James Ihedigbo will play this Sunday against Green Bay.
Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Editor of Radio One Detroit
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