Jared DeVries' availability hanging in balance for Lions

The Detroit Lions released Jared DeVries earlier in the offseason to avoid having to shell out a roster bonus.

The truth was, the organization really wanted him back and a Lion his entire career, DeVries wanted to return. Now, there is considerable question whether or not he will be able to play this season. The defensive lineman sought a second opinion on his balky left knee on Wednesday, according to the Detroit News.

“We are still waiting on the results,” Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. “Whether or not he goes on IR depends on what the medical opinion is. Is he going to need surgery or not and how long will he be out if (the knee) needs surgery?”

The Lions have been battling injuries all training camp. DeVries missed all of last season with a torn Achilles tendon, but the team wanted to bring him back for a 12th season because of the intangibles he supplies as a leader. Plus, when healthy he’s been a consistent performer. Now, is availability for the season is very much in question. That would be a blow for a defense that is full of questions.

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