The injury occurred when Bryant collided with Lions safety Kenoy Kennedy on a 28-yard touchdown catch by Chicago wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad in the second quarter of the 38-6 loss. There is a possibility that Bryant, whose left arm is in a sling, will require surgery to repair the injury.
Even without the surgery, Bryant will require a considerable rehabilitation period, for an injury that coach Steve Mariucci termed "pretty severe." Said Mariucci: "It's going to be a lengthy process."
Already thin in the secondary, the Lions will move fourth-year veteran André Goodman into Bryant's spot in the starting lineup. Bryant will be re-evaluated later in the week, but the early indications are that surgery will be necessary.
"I don't know what's going to happen," Bryant said. "Whatever they tell me is best, that's what I will do."
This marks the second straight season in which Bryant, signed to a six-year contract in March of 2004 as an unrestricted free agent after spending the first five seasons of his NFL career with the Jacksonville Jaguars, will miss significant playing time. He sat out six games in 2004, including the final four of the season, with an ankle injury.
Bryant, 28, is not a flashy, big-play cornerback, as evidenced by the fact he has recorded only five interceptions in 84 appearances. But he is a steady all-around defender, and an excellent complement to the Lions' other cornerback, Dré Bly, whose big-play mentality has been his trademark. In the first two games of the season, Bryant recorded 10 tackles.
In 2004, Goodman, a third-round draft choice in 2002, started four games and has 13 starts for his career.
A former Alabama standout, Bryant was the Jaguars' first-round choice in 1999. His resume includes 354 tackles, five interceptions and 55 passes defensed. He has played in 84 games and started all but one of them.
Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com. To check out Len's chat archive, click here.