ALLEN PARK — Ryan Broyles has suffered another season ending injury.
The second-year Detroit Lions wide receiver will have surgery on Tuesday after rupturing his Achilles' in Sunday’s comeback win over Dallas.
“The last two years — and three years in a row — he’s had season-ending injuries, those are not easy things to come back from but he’s a tough guy and if anybody can come back from it he can,’’ coach Jim Schwartz said in his Monday press conference.
Broyles, a second-round pick in 2012, was on the field as a punt returner.
He had made the decision to let the ball go into the end zone. It was an innocent looking play which is not uncommon for Achilles’ injuries.
This will be the third Lions’ offseason where he is rehabbing instead of practicing but that doesn’t seem to be a concern for Schwartz.
“He’s a smart guy, his ability to be what we hoped he would really has nothing to do with his development as it is his health,’’ Schwartz said. “Even with the time he’s missed he found a way to come in and contribute. He just hasn’t been 100 percent his first two years and now he’s going to be going through the same thing again.’’
In six games this season he had eight catches for 85 yards. Sunday was the first day he’d been asked to return punts.
Broyles tore his anterior cruciate ligament in one knee in his senior year of college and was undergoing rehab when the Lions drafted him in the second round (54th overall) in 2012.
He played in 10 games in the 2012 season before he tore the ACL in his other knee on Dec. 2. He missed the first two games of this regular season.
“His experience in going through it, I’m sure will help,’’ Schwartz said. “It’s a tough thing to go through for any player much less three years in a row. ... We have confidence in Ryan and he’ll find a way to get back and contribute to our team.’’
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