ALLEN PARK — It’s likely that Detroit Lions cornerback Nevin Lawson is out for the season, although a final determination hasn’t been made.
“I would not anticipate he’ll be back this year but hopefully he’ll heal quickly,’’ coach Jim Caldwell said at his Monday press conference.
Lawson dislocated his toes in Sunday’s loss at Carolina and underwent immediate surgery.
With Lawson out the Lions are down to three cornerbacks — Darius Slay, Rashean Mathis and Cassius Vaughn.
Caldwell said they’re looking at either signing a free agent or promoting Mohammed Seisay from the practice squad.
On Saturday safety Nate Ness was promoted from the practice squad and at the time Seisay had been in the discussion for the same move.
“I think with him he’s got length, he’s a guy who has good size, he’s got speed, he can run, he’s got a good nose for the ball as well,’’ Caldwell said of Seisay. “Obviously he’s youthful, hasn’t had an opportunity to play as of yet. He’s a very good candidate to come in and give us some quick help.’’
While Seisay is a rookie — undrafted out of Nebraska — he has been with the Lions since the spring and knows the defense.
It certainly was an unfortunate situation for Lawson, there was a silver lining of sorts. Highly renowned foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Bob Anderson, works for the Panthers and was at the game.
“He had a chance to look at him and also help set the protocol,’’ Caldwell said. “The great thing about it is he was able to take him right away to the hospital, he went with him along with Dean (Kleinschmidt, athletic trainer) and they got the surgery done.
“That particular surgery is, from what I understand, is extremely important if you can get it early, so many things can happen. Compartment syndrome can set in which they tried to avoid. They were able to avoid that,’’ Caldwell added.
Compartment syndrome is a serious condition that involves increased pressure in a muscle compartment. It can lead to muscle and nerve damage and problems with blood flow, according to the National Library of Medicine.
Caldwell talked with Lawson on Monday morning.
“He’s certainly one of those guys, Dean tells a story when they were taking him to the hospital, he was asking about the procedure and what should be done. They were talking about that it had to be done in a reasonable time,’’ Caldwell said. “He said, ‘Let’s get it going, let’s get it done right now.’ That’s his attitude. He figures the quicker he can get it done the quicker the healing process can take place.’’
Lawson is expected to return to Detroit in a day or two and will be given a prognosis at that point.
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