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Jeff Backus

Jeff Backus - #76 - T

Status Inactive
Height/Weight 6' 5"/ 305 lbs.
Birthday 09/21/1977
Birthplace Midland, MI
College Michigan
Years played 13
Drafted 2001, 1st round, 18th pick by Lions

Schwartz won't say if Calvin Johnson broke three fingers

Posted Feb. 21, 2013 @ 12:07 p.m. ET
Lions head coach Jim Schwartz would not confirm if WR Calvin Johnson suffered three broken fingers.

Lions OLT Backus sustains thumb injury

Posted July 28, 2012 @ 4:12 p.m. ET
Lions OLT Jeff Backus injured his thumb and did not return to Saturday's practice.

Lions re-sign OT Backus, QB Hill

Posted March 17, 2012 @ 9:24 p.m. ET
The Lions have re-signed two of their unrestricted free agents, OLT Jeff Backus and backup QB Shaun Hill, according to multiple sources.

Lions' Schwartz says Suh was 'an improved player'

Posted Feb. 23, 2012 @ 1:57 p.m. ET
Lions coach Jim Schwartz addressed the status of OT Jeff Backus, DT Ndamukong Suh and the Lions' late first-round draft pick.

Vikings-Lions matchup of the day: Wednesday

Posted Dec. 07, 2011 @ 2:35 p.m. ET
Can DEs Jared Allen and Brian Robison dominate like they did in Week Three?

Bears-Lions matchup of the day: Wednesday

Posted Oct. 05, 2011 @ 5:17 p.m. ET
The Bears need more from Julius Peppers, and he could deliver against Detroit.

Vikings-Lions matchup of the day: Saturday

Posted Sept. 23, 2011 @ 2:39 p.m. ET
Here's a key matchup to watch in Sunday's Vikings-Lions game.

Report: Lions OLT Backus suffers pectoral injury

Posted July 21, 2011 @ 9:48 a.m. ET
Lions OLT Jeff Backus could miss the start of training camp after recently suffering a left pectoral injury, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Lions will continue to look at offensive line

Posted Feb. 26, 2011 @ 12:06 p.m. ET
The Lions have several options with the No. 13 pick in the draft, but offensive line has to be squarely among the top needs.

Lions looking for left tackle of future

Posted Jan. 21, 2011 @ 8:21 p.m. ET
Jeff Backus has taken something of an unfair beating in and around Detroit, but the Lions will need to find their left tackle of the future at some point soon.

Vikings-Lions matchup of the day: Friday

Posted Dec. 31, 2010 @ 11:46 p.m. ET
Let's take a look at a key matchup when the Vikings face the Lions in Week 17 — Minnesota DRE Jared Allen vs. Detroit OLT Jeff Backus.

After Favre, starts streak belongs to Manning

Posted Dec. 26, 2010 @ 11:31 a.m. ET
With Brett Favre's consecutive-start streak now done, the NFList offers up the top eight current streaks, led by Peyton Manning.

Bears-Lions matchup of the day: Wednesday

Posted Dec. 01, 2010 @ 4:25 p.m. ET
Aside from the play where Julius Peppers beat Jeff Backus and sacked QB Matthew Stafford, separating his right shoulder, Backus did a pretty good job in pass protection against Peppers in Week One.

Insider: Bills' Gailey knows offense

Posted Nov. 14, 2010 @ 11:49 p.m. ET
An NFL insider marvels at the job head coach Chan Gailey has done with the Bills' offense in his first year in Buffalo.

Lions' Backus bounces back from early miscue

Posted Nov. 06, 2010 @ 6:38 p.m. ET
After giving up a sack in Week One that resulted in an injury to QB Matthew Stafford, Detroit OLT Jeff Backus has played very well since then, according to NFC North Whispers.

Lions' O-line makes progress, faces big test

Posted Oct. 15, 2010 @ 7:20 p.m. ET
The Lions' offensive line can't be called a weakness, not after doing a nice job against some pretty good pass-rushing teams.

Lions-Vikings matchup of the day: Saturday

Posted Sept. 25, 2010 @ 4:44 p.m. ET
Here’s a look at a key matchup heading into Sunday’s Week Three battle between the Vikings and Lions.

Offensive success starts up front for Lions

Posted Aug. 01, 2010 @ 10:47 a.m. ET
The offensive line long has been an area of consternation for the Lions, and it remains a concern until proven otherwise.


Posted Nov. 22, 2012
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.
Posted Nov. 18, 2012
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.
Posted Aug. 21, 2011
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.
Posted Sept. 25, 2007
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.
Posted July 14, 2006
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.