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Detroit Lions defensive finish Kerry Hyder was carted off in the course of the first quarter of Sunday’s preseason contest towards the Indianapolis Colts, and Lions head coach Jim Caldwell stated after the sport he’d sustained a “vital Achilles damage,” based on ESPN’s Michael Rothstein.

Requested if Hyder had torn his Achilles, Caldwell stated, “It is vital. The docs, that is the preliminary impression. When we’ve one thing sure, we’ll launch it. However I am going to inform you, it is vital.”

Whereas Caldwell refused to enter element, a supply advised ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the Lions worry Hyder tore his Achilles.

Hyder virtually single-handily stored the Lions’ cross-rush alive in 2016, posting a staff-excessive eight sacks in his second NFL season.

If Hyder’s damage is as critical as each Caldwell and Schefter instructed, Detroit’s already weak depth on the defensive position might be stretched skinny.