James Houston to miss significant time, with possible surgery looming


It didn't look good for James Houston when he was pushed out of Ford Field in a wheelchair, holding crutches and with his right foot in a boot. That was Sunday night.

We learned Monday morning that Houston has a fractured ankle and will miss at least six to eight weeks -- possibly longer if he needs surgery, which will be determined by follow-up testing. Dan Campbell confirmed Houston has a fibula injury Monday afternoon.

Houston suffered the injury in the Lions' 37-31 overtime loss to the Seahawks when he got buried on special teams by former Lion Nick Bellore. Detroit will miss Houston's pass rushing ability, especially with fellow defensive end Josh Paschal having recently landed on injured reserve with a knee injury.

The Lions have just one sack, courtesy of linebacker Alex Anzalone on the Seahawks' final offensive play of regulation Sunday, through two games.

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