The Lions added depth at the cornerback position during the draft, taking Alex Carter in the third round and Quandre Diggs in the sixth.
Detroit has made a point this offseason to make sure the team will not be in trouble if Bentley or Lawson cannot get healthy.
The move likely corresponds with a promotion for practice squad cornerback Mohammed Seisay.
“As long as we don’t give up big play touchdowns,” said defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, “we should have an opportunity to win.”
In typical NFL fashion, the focus now shifts from Lawson to who will replace him.
With Bentley out for the year, the Lions will likely be making some acquisition at the position soon.
Detroit Lions cornerback Bill Bentley was being evaluated for a head injury after a scary collision in the second quarter against the New York Giants on Sunday.
The Detroit Lions head to Pittsburgh this week to take on a Steelers team that has been playing better recently. Fortunately, the team appears to be pretty healthy at the moment.
Far from being resentful of his declining status, the 33-year-old Mathis takes care to build up his young teammates.
Asked how he can get players to play the ball instead of the receiver, Cunningham – a 44-year coaching veteran – laughs, and there is a measure of scorn in the sound.