After the devastating news broke that the Detroit Lions 2016 sack leader, Kerry Hyder, tore his achilles, it was announced that fellow defensive end Brandon Copeland will also miss this upcoming season.
Source: #Lions LB Brandon Copeland tore his pec. He will need surgery and is out of season. Played in all 16 games last year.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 15, 2017
The 6-foot-3 all-purpose defender tore a pectoral muscle in Sunday’s preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts. As if the Lions weren’t thin enough at the end position, Copeland was also a key cog on special teams and could even play some SAM linebacker. He actually was receiving first team reps at OLB during training camp.
Copeland, 26, will undergo season-ending surgery after playing in all 16 games over the last two years for the Lions.
GM Bob Quinn may have to look for a free agent or a possible trade to fulfill the vacancies left by Hyder and Copeland.