Riley Reiff was one of the last players to leave the field Tuesday at Detroit's practice facility.
That was appropriate, because the Lions' rookie offensive lineman could have quite a task on his hands this week - without a lot of time to prepare.
Reiff may very well start for the Lions at left tackle Thursday against the Houston Texans. Jeff Backus, a mainstay on the offensive line for over a decade, is recovering from a hamstring injury, his streak of 186 starts in serious jeopardy. Reiff, a first-round draft pick this year, is preparing for whatever role awaits him on Thanksgiving.
Backus was hurt in the first half of Sunday's loss to Green Bay, leaving Reiff to fill in.
Backus did not participate in practice Tuesday. He's started every game so far in his 12-year NFL career.
Most Popular Today
- 1.Your Money Matters
$1.3 Million Loft For Sale In Downtown Sioux Falls
- 2.Health Care
South Dakota Is Among Worst States For Nurses
- 3.Your Money Matters, General
Inside New $1.3 Million Downtown Loft
- 4.Gas & Energy
New Hy-Vee Gas Station In Sioux Falls
- 5.Health Care
Med-Star Picked To Be Minnehaha Co. Ambulance Provider
Watertown Business Makes Presidential T-Shirts
- 7.Retail & Restaurants
Valentino's Restaurant To Become Verizon Store
Sioux Falls Ranks As One Of The Cheapest Road Trips
Pandora To Purchase Rapid City Radio Station
FCC Clears Way For Pandora To Buy Rapid City Radio Station