Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Key Lions Defender is undergoing surgery, new players need to step up

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The Detroit Lions have suffered a slew of injuries so far in the 2022 season and that fact doesn’t let up in Week 3.

Defenseman John Cominsky, who came out of the game against the Washington Commanders, is said to be dealing with a hand injury. The severity of this injury wasn’t immediately known, but people got a better idea on Wednesday, September 21.

As it turned out, Cominsky’s illness was so bad that he required surgery and forced him out of the lineup.

Speaking to the media, Dan Campbell revealed to reporters, including DetroitLions.com’s Tim Twentyman, that Cominsky underwent surgery to repair the hand injury and will now be out.

“John Cominsky had surgery this week and will be out for a while,” Twentyman said tweeted after listening to Campbell.

There was better news than that but for the team. Center Frank Ragnow returned to practice, and the Lions also watched cornerback Amani Oruwariye return. Those would be great additions back into the lineup.

Without Cominsky, however, the lions will have many questions to answer beforehand.

The Lions will need to rely on their depth on offense to shine again, minus Cominsky, who has played a solid pass rushing and grit role for the team.

One potential player who could serve as a key offensive replacement is Demetrius Taylor. An undrafted free agent from Appalachian State, Taylor had a starring role in the preseason and was one of the team’s standouts.

Others who have been able to see more snaps also include defender Isaiah Buggs as well as Benito Jones, who was torn by waivers. Although this new couple is young and underrated, there’s a chance for them to get a big break and run with it now for a while without Cominsky.

Even veteran Michael Brockers has the chance to rise for the team and make himself noticed.

The Lions must hope that alongside Levi Onwuzurike, rookie Josh Paschal’s recovery is going well. Each of these players is battling injuries and trying to come back. In theory, both could come off injured reserve around week 4 or week 5.

While many other defenders have received more love for their game, it was clear from the start that Cominsky would bring the team a huge advantage.

Statistically, Cominsky hasn’t had the greatest day on the field over the past two weeks with just two tackles and a sack, but in terms of energy he continued to show his strength to the squad and defense. He kept collapsing the bag.

It’s clear that Lions aren’t just looking for stats when it comes to their defense. A player like Cominsky doing the right thing and being accountable while bringing in the energy will always be something that wins for the staff.

The hope is that Cominsky can heal and return to a line of defenses that desperately need him sooner rather than later.

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The hope is that Cominsky can heal and return to a line of defenses that desperately need him sooner rather than later.



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