Backus is inactive against the Houston Texans, ending his 186-game starting streak.|||||||
Rookie Riley Reiff replaced Backus at left tackle Thursday. Backus is out with a hamstring injury after starting every game of his 12-year career.
The Lions will start left tackle Jeff Backus in Sunday's game against Indianapolis.|||||||
Backus missed a Thanksgiving Day loss to Houston with a hamstring injury, ending his 186-game starting streak.
The Detroit Lions activated Backus on Sunday and the 11-year veteran practiced with the team for the first time this season.|||||||
Backus, who's started 160 straight games, suffered a partially torn chest muscle during the offseason and spent the first three weeks of training camp on the active/non-football injury list. It's not clear whether he'll play in Saturday's exhibition game against visiting New England.
Backus, who has started all 99 games at offensive left tackle since he was drafted in 2001, told the Detroit Free Press he hopes to know by the end of the week if he'll play Sunday.|||||||
Backus strained an intercostal muscle in his rib cage warming up fro Sunday's game against Philadelphia and left the game in the third quarter.
Backus agreed to terms on a six-year deal with the Lions and is expected to sign the contract Friday. The Lions and Backus agreed to a one-year offer in May after they designated him the team's franchise player, but both sides kept working on a new deal that would keep him in Detroit for years to come.|||||||
Backus has started all 80 games Detroit has played since the team drafted the former Michigan standout in the first round of the 2001 draft.