Boyd could miss remainder of season

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There is a chance that starting middle linebacker, and perennial Pro Bowler, Stephen Boyd could miss the rest of the season with a back injury.

It is not in any way career-threatening, but it could put him out for the reminder of the season.

The injury, which occurred in Sunday's 31-26 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, is similar to one that sidelined Boyd late last season. Boyd has been a Pro Bowler the last two seasons, but was prevented from making the trip to Hawaii last year due to his back. But this season, since the Lions have changed defense schemes, Boyd has not been that productive of a player like he has been in the past.

The doctors will be running more tests this week to see the amount of damage that is done to his back, but it is highly unlikely that he will play this Sunday. Some people in the Lions' organization think that his season is done.

If the Lions lose Boyd for the season or for an extended period, it is expected weak-side linebacker Chris Claiborne would move to the middle. Claiborne played middle linebacker in college and some think that he should be playing middle linebacker with the Lions, and that releasing Boyd would be the best move in the long run for the team.

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