We have two items to note at this juncture for the Detroit Lions.
DavisBackusFirst, they have agreed to terms with former Chicago Bears receiver/special teams ace Rashied Davis, according to ESPNChicago.com's Jeff Dickerson and others. The Bears didn't express much interest in keeping him, but the Lions got a veteran for their locker room who can play all four special teams and still contribute as a receiver as well. Via Twitter, Davis said: "I have to go where I'm wanted!"
Second, coach Jim Schwartz confirmed the NFC North's first "uh-oh" moment of training camp. Left tackle Jeff Backus does indeed have a pectoral injury that will force him to the sidelines at least during the early stages of camp. Schwartz is typically tight-lipped about injury specifics, but he did tell reporters: "That's not going to be a day-to-day thing. That's going to be a little bit of time."
(Full audio via the Lions' website.)
Schwartz said he's sure Backus will be ready to play when the regular season begins, noting he has not missed a game in his NFL career. But a pectoral injury, even a partial tear, is not to be taken lightly, and at the very least the Lions' offensive line will open camp in disjointed fashion.
Among the possibilities to work in Backus' spot are Corey Hilliard and Jason Fox, Schwartz said. There is no immediate evidence that the Lions are planning to acquire veteran help to hedge against Backus' injury.
At this point, I don't think the injury is enough to squash the optimism surrounding the opening of Lions camp. But we'll keep an eye on this one. All successful teams need a healthy and competent presence at left tackle, but for the Lions -- whose quarterback has missed 19 games in the past two seasons -- it's especially crucial.
Recent Lions posts: Free agent linebacker Justin Durant has agreed to terms. Special-teams ace John Wendling and backup quarterback Drew Stanton will return. The Lions have pursued free-agent linebacker Spencer Tulloch. Quarterback Matthew Stafford said "my play will do my talking" this season.