Lions' starting offensive tackle Jeff Backus had to be carted off the field during an early Tuesday practice after going down with what seemed to be a serious knee injury. The Lions medical staff have yet to report on the severity of the injury.
According to LionsFans.com insider Mike Fowler, who attended the practice, Backus slammed his helmet down in disgust, and was personally carted to the trainer's room by Lions' CEO Matt Millen.
Following the practice, Millen stated he was going to "hold his breath" awaiting Backus' MRI results. Lions' head coach Marty Mornhinweg, oddly, left the practice field without answering questions. Attempts by the media to bring Mornhinweg back onto the field were to no avail.
Although the extent of the knee injury is unknown, Backus had to be escorted by Lions' personnel to Millen's cart.
Backus will undergo his MRI later this afternoon.
The 6'6, 308 pound former University of Michigan standout was the Lions' first round draft choice in 2001, and solidified himself as a dependable starter at offensive tackle his rookie season.
LionsFans.com insider Mike Fowler will be posting new information -- including more quotes -- later today.