(ALLEN PARK) - The timetable for the recovery of Lions second-year linebacker Rodney (Boss) Bailey just got a little bit longer. In fact, the Lions may decide this week to put Bailey on the injured reserve list, ending his season.
Bailey began to experience discomfort in his workouts with Lions trainer Al Bellamy and the team is playing it extremely cautious.
"Last week he tried to practice the whole week," explained Lions head coach Steve Mariucci. "After the short week of practice, He (felt) less than 100-percent. It wasn't exactly pain free. He continues to try to work out a little bit now. He still does feel some pain, which sort of slowed him down a little bit with his drill work and conditioning and that sort of thing."
Mariucci said the problem appeared to surface when Bailey attempted to perform football type drills. "He was into the straight-ahead 110s for a long time and then he got into the change of direction stuff," Mariucci continued. "In the football drills, he could still feel his knee being less than 100-percent, so we're slowing him down. We're just going to play it week-by-week now. I don't know if we have a target date."
When asked if Bailey could be lost for the season, the coach indicated that was a possibility. "I guess that is a possibility. That has not been determined yet. We're still trying to see if he is going to be okay. We have to be sure that his knee feels good. He wants it to feel good, obviously. We'll proceed with caution."
Bailey will likely fly back to Georgia to visit Dr. Mixon Robinson, who performed the surgery earlier in the season. With Detroit's playoff chances slim, it might be better for all concerned for Bailey to miss the entire season rather than risk his future prospects in Detroit.
Bailey likely lost for the season
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