Lions place Zack Follett on injured reserve

The Detroit Lions have placed linebacker Zack Follett on injured reserve, the result of a helmet-to-helmet hit he suffered on Oct. 17.

Follett was taken off the field on a cart following the hit in the game against the New York Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium, according to Tom “Killer” Kowalski of MLive.com. Lions coach Jim Schwartz said Tuesday that Follett was scheduled to see a spine specialist. Apparently, it was determined that continuing to play would not be a good idea for Follett this season.

Follett suffered a concussion earlier in the season, and per Kowalski this injury is not related to the concussion. The starting outside linebacker will likely be replaced by veteran Landon Johnson or the newly signed Bobby Carpenter.

The Lions host the Washington Redskins on Sunday at Ford Field.

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