Lions HC Jim Caldwell told reporters on Tuesday that LT Taylor Decker underwent shoulder surgery on Monday and is expected to be out a while.
Decker suffered the injury in practice last week.
Caldwell declined to put a timetable on Decker’s return but said he expects him to play at some point this season.
In regards to whether the team may explore exterior options to replace Decker, Caldwell said (per Kyle Meinke): “We’re always looking at options.”
Even so, Caldwell indicated that Rick Wagner will stay at right tackle and they could consider some of their internal options such as Joe Dahl, Corey Robinson, and Cornelius Lucas at left tackle for the time being.
Decker, 22, is a former first-round pick of the Lions back in 2016. He’s currently in the second year of his four-year, $10.967 million contract and stands to make base salaries of $948,499 and $1.447 million over the next two years.
In 2016, Decker appeared in all 16 games for the Lions and was rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 23 offensive tackle out of 78 qualifying players.