Bailey out at least 10-12 weeks with knee injury

Lions linebacker <!--Default NodeId For Boss Bailey is 1157392,2004--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:1157392]>Boss Bailey</A> will be out of action for at least 10-12 weeks after having arthroscopic knee surgery today.

(ALLEN PARK) - Lions linebacker Boss Bailey will be out of action for at least 10-12 weeks after having arthroscopic knee surgery today.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Mixon Robinson of the Athens Orthopedic Clinic, but while Bailey's surgery came off well, the prognosis is not what Lions officials were hoping for.

The surgery found more damage than was originally revealed by the MRI performed by medical personnel associated with the Detroit Lions.

While the Lions today announced that Bailey would be out "indefinitely", medical personnel contacted today tell that the prognosis for a player with this type of injury is 10-12 weeks and that Bailey is a candidate for the injured reserve list, ending his season.

Bailey has a history of knee injuries. In 2000 he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee causing him to miss his entire freshman season at Georgia. He received a medical redshirt from the NCAA.

Prior to the 2003 NFL draft, several teams lowered Bailey on their draft board due to concerns about his medical condition. Those concerns caused Bailey to slip out of the first round and Detroit drafted him in round two.

Bailey appeared to allieviate those concerns with a stellar rookie season, recording 88 tackles, 6 passes defensed and 1 1/2 sacks. However, he was slowed much of this year's training camp with soreness in his knee. After suffering swelling on Monday, Bailey elected to have the knee checked out in Georgia, leading to today's procedure. also learned that rookie linebacker Alex Lewis suffered a high ankle sprain and will be lost to the club for approximately 3-4 weeks.

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