By Ashley Scoby
Tyrunn Walker is doing well after surgery to repair a broken leg and dislocated ankle, according to Lions head coach Jim Caldwell.READ MORE: 234,000-plus pounds of ham, pepperoni products recalled due to concerns of possible Listeria contamination
Walker got tangled up under a block against the Seahawks on Monday night, and was carted off the field and looked to be in considerable pain. The broadcast also chose not to show the replay of the injury because of how gruesome it was.
Caldwell said that the defensive tackle’s journey back to the field had already stared, although Walker is certainly out for the rest of the season.
“Surgery went well,” Caldwell said. “The doctors felt that it was successful and, obviously, they released him yesterday, so he’s already starting his rehab process.”READ MORE: More Michigan Firefighters With Cancer Eligible For Benefits
For a traumatic injury such as Walker’s, it can often be the mental rehab that is the hardest. And although bones can often heal quicker than ligaments or tendons, keeping a positive attitude can be difficult in any long-term injury.
“When a guy – this is his livelihood, this is what he loves to do,” Caldwell said of Walker. “He loves to play the game and when that’s no longer a possibility for this year, it has an effect on him. These guys, they love what they’re doing. This is not an easy game to take part in, but yet the injuries are really a tough part of what we do. But he’s one of those guys, he’s an interesting young man. He has a great perspective on life and young people heal fast, so that’s a good thing.”
On the other side of the ball, tight end Eric Ebron injured his knee Monday, and told ESPN reporter Josina Anderson he expected to be out around three weeks with a “bruised knee.”MORE NEWS: Michigan Gas Prices Continuing Downward
Ebron was one of the six players who didn’t participate during the open portion of practice Thursday. Joining him were linebackers Travis Lewis and Brandon Copeland, offensive guard Larry Warford and defensive linemen Ezekiel Ansah and Haloti Ngata.