Lions lineman Taylor Decker goes through drills during training camp at the Allen Park facility on Wednesday, July 28, 2021.

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Report: Lions LT Taylor Decker (finger) headed to IR

The Detroit Lions are placing left tackle Taylor Decker on injured reserve following finger surgery, NFL Network reported Saturday.

Lions head coach Dan Campbell said Friday that Decker would be “down for a little bit” after sustaining the injury in practice. Decker is expected to miss about a month.

Rookie Penei Sewell, the No. 7 overall pick in the 2021 draft, will likely replace Decker in the lineup when Detroit opens the season Sunday against the visiting San Francisco 49ers.

Decker, 28, started all 16 games last season and has made 71 starts since the Lions drafted him in the first round in 2016. He missed eight games in 2017 and one game in 2019.

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Detroit Lions offensive tackle Penei Sewell (58) plays against Indianapolis Colts linebacker Zaire Franklin (44) during the first half of a preseason game at Ford Field in Detroit, Friday, August 27, 2021.

Lions GM not fazed by rookie OT Penei Sewell’s slow start

Detroit Lions general manager Brad Holmes isn’t sounding the alarm over perceived preseason growing pains rookie offensive tackle Penei Sewell experienced.

Sewell was selected by the Lions with the seventh pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-6, 330-pound Sewell played on the left side during his college career at Oregon before being shuffled to right tackle by Detroit.

“I believe that he will be ready for Week 1 and I think he’s ready now,” Holmes said, via the Detroit Free Press. “Yeah, I mean, he’s going through the normal process that a rookie would go through, regardless of where he’s drafted. That’s a tough position to play out there on that island and he’s sat out for a year. So what he’s done, and I know it’s magnified by what may be a hiccup here or there, but there’s so much of the good stuff that maybe kind of hidden when you really kind of deep-dive the film, little subtle nuances that is going to make a big difference.”

Sewell is being looked upon to preserve the health of offseason acquisition Jared Goff when the Lions open the season against the visiting San Francisco 49ers on Sept. 12.

Sewell, 20, was a two-year starter for the Ducks (2018-19) and allowed just one sack in 1,376 snaps over 20 games.

The 2019 Outland Trophy winner opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns.

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Apr 20, 2019; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks offensive lineman Penei Sewell (58) points the scoreboard after the Oregon spring game at Autzen Stadium. Mighty Oregon beat Fighting Ducks 20-13. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Lions signing first-rounder Penei Sewell to $24.1M deal

The Detroit Lions agreed to terms with first-round pick Penei Sewell on Wednesday, multiple outlets reported.

The 6-foot-6, 330-pound offensive tackle received a fully guaranteed four-year, $24.1 million rookie contract that includes a $14.88 million signing bonus, per NFL Network.

He was the No. 7 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft out of Oregon.

Sewell, 20, was a two-year starter for the Ducks (2018-19) and allowed just one sack in 1,376 snaps over 20 games.

The 2019 Outland Trophy winner, who opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns, tested positive for the virus earlier this month and missed last weekend’s rookie minicamp.

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Apr 29, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Penei Sewell (Oregon) with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell over video call after being selected by Detroit Lions as the number seven overall pick in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft at First Energy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Lions’ first-round pick Penei Sewell positive for COVID-19

First-round draft pick Penei Sewell will miss the Detroit Lions’ rookie minicamp this weekend after the offensive lineman said he tested positive for COVID-19.

The 6-foot-6, 330-pound tackle from Oregon, the No. 7 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, announced the news Wednesday on Twitter.

“Found out this past weekend I tested positive for COVID,” he wrote. “Really wish I was heading to my new home today and able to be at mini-camp with my new teammates and coaches. Look forward to getting out to the D as soon as I’m cleared!”

Sewell, 20, was a two-year starter for the Ducks (2018-19) and allowed just one sack in 1,376 snaps over 20 games.

The 2019 Outland Trophy winner opted out of the 2020 season, citing health concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Apr 20, 2019; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks offensive lineman Penei Sewell (58) points the scoreboard after the Oregon spring game at Autzen Stadium. Mighty Oregon beat Fighting Ducks 20-13. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Oregon T Sewell opts out to prepare for 2021 draft

Oregon tackle Penei Sewell, the 2019 Outland Trophy winner and a likely first-round pick, is opting out to prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft.

The 6-foot-6, 330-pound junior made the announcement Monday on social media.

“There are no words to adequately express how blessed I feel for having played football for the past two seasons at the best school in the country, the University of Oregon,” Sewell wrote. “The love and support I’ve received has been overwhelming and I could not be more grateful. But ever since I was little, I have dreamt of playing professional football. Accordingly, after long thought, prayer and many conversations with my family, I have decided to opt out of the 2020-21 college football season and prepare for the 2021 NFL draft.”

During his two seasons with the Ducks, Sewell allowed just one sack over 1,376 snaps across 21 games.

In 2019 he became the first Polynesian player, the first sophomore offensive lineman and the first in school history to win the Outland Trophy, presented annually to the nation’s best interior lineman — offense or defense. He was a consensus first-team All-American.

Oregon’s season is currently on hold, with the Pac-12 having postponed the fall sports calendar due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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