Taylor Decker, one of the Ohio State Buckeyes who helped make history as part of the impressive 2016 NFL Draft class, is now sidelined for most of the offseason. It was reported early Tuesday that the offensive tackle underwent shoulder surgery, after suffering an injury during practice. There was no timetable for his return immediately released.
The second-year player is coming off a solid rookie season, where he played every offensive snap for the Lions as the starting left tackle -- the only player for the team, along with quarterback Matthew Stafford, to line-up for 100 percent of snaps in 2016. He allowed just 4.5 sacks over 16 games, played 1,037 snaps and earned six penalty flags (three holds and three false starts) in his first year in the league.
“I was impressed, obviously, with his physical ability, it jumps out the screen at you, but his mental makeup and his ability to move on from the negatives and find areas of weakness in his game and improve them, he did a heck of a job for us this year,” quarterback Matthew Stafford said of Decker.
Decker is expected to be a big contributor for the offense in the coming years. This latest setback could keep him out for most of training camp, but hopefully the tackle is able to make it back to the field in time for preseason.