Hyder indicated Monday that he's "midway" through his rehab from a ruptured Achilles tendon and expects to be back to full strength for the start of the 2018 season, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports. "[The injury is] a small bump in the road on a long journey. I'm not even worried about it," Hyder said. "I'm looking forward to the 2018 season and I know I'm going to be back, better than ever."
Hyder was projected to start at defensive end opposite Ziggy Ansah in 2017 after breaking out for eight sacks the year prior, but his season came to an end in the Lions' first preseason contest after he sustained a non-contact injury. Though Hyder has yet to resume running four months since undergoing surgery to address the ruptured Achilles, he indicated that he would ramp up his activity in the "next couple weeks." It's unclear what kind of scheme the Lions will deploy in 2018 with the team bidding adieu to head coach Jim Caldwell, but Hyder's prior experience at defensive tackle should aid the new coaching staff's ability to find a role for him in a 4-3 or 3-4 base defense.
Hyder (Achilles) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.
This was virtually inevitable, as Hyder had already been ruled out for the season with a torn Achilles. It'll be interesting to see if Detroit management adds a veteran pass rusher during roster cuts later this month in order provide more depth at the position, as the Lions otherwise will be left with a rather uninspiring group of defensive ends to help replace Hyder.
Hyder was ruled out for the season Monday with a torn Achilles, Conor Orr of NFL.com reports.
The Lions were bracing for the worst after Hyder went down with the Achilles injury in Sunday's preseason opener, and a follow-up MRI has seemingly confirmed the team's fears. The defensive end will undergo surgery this week and then begin rehab immediately, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, and should be ready in time for training camp next year.
Head coach Jim Caldwell said Hyder suffered a "significant" Achilles injury.
This is a very unfortunate development for the Lions as Hyder led the team with eight sacks in 2016 and was expected to be a strong bookend to Ziggy Ansah (undisclosed) this season. Further testing will officially determine the severity of Hyder's injury.
Hyder left Sunday's preseason opener against the Colts with a leg injury, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Hyder appeared to be grabbing the back of his left leg after he went down Sunday and was ultimately carted off the field. His loss for any time in the regular season would be a significant blow to the Lions' pass rush.
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