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Report: Lions’ Backus Suffered Pectoral Injury

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MINNEAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 26:  Chris Cook #31 of the Minnesota Vikings breaks up a fight between Jeff Backus #76 of the Detroit Lions and Jared Allen #69 of the Vikings during the second half at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on September 26, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Lions 24-10.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

MINNEAPOLIS – SEPTEMBER 26: Chris Cook #31 of the Minnesota Vikings breaks up a fight between Jeff Backus #76 of the Detroit Lions and Jared Allen #69 of the Vikings during the second half at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on September 26, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Lions 24-10. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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Detroit Lions left tackle Jeff Backus suffered a left pectoral injury during the lockout and might not be ready for the start of training camp, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Backus, 33, has started 160 consecutive games since being drafted in 2001, and is being counted on to protect the blind side of quarterback Matthew Stafford. And with right tackle Gosder Cherilus recovering from microfracture knee surgery, the Lions could be thin at the tackle position to open camp.

However, a team source told the Free Press that Backus’ injury is “not serious.” How Backus suffered the injury wasn’t known. The Lions’ last player-organized workout concluded June 10.

Backus is coming off a strong 2010 season in which Lions coaches believe was one of the best of his career.

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