Taylor Decker is 'dying to play.' But he might not play this season.


The clock continues to tick on Taylor Decker, whose status remains murky. We might see the Lions left tackle make his season debut next week. We might not see him this season at all. One thing seems clear: Decker won't play Sunday against the Rams after suffering a setback in his recovery from the finger injury that sent him to injured reserve in September.

"Look, he’s doing OK," Dan Campbell said Friday. "The fact of the matter is he had a little bit of a setback last week. We’ve kind of talked about the knuckle and everything, but I don’t see him playing this week and we’ll just take it as it comes. Look, I know he wants to play, man. Hell, I talked to him yesterday. He’s dying to play, but we’ve got to get through it and just get this thing feeling right. That’s the bottom line.”

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After returning Decker to practice last Wednesday, the Lions would typically have three weeks to either activate him from the IR or shut him down for the season. But with Detroit's Week 9 bye coinciding with the end of Decker's practice window, Campbell said the club won't have to make a decision on one of its best players until Week 10.

“My understanding is we get the extra time," Campbell said. "The bye won’t count, so I think will have to make that decision probably the Tuesday after the bye.”

That would be November 9 ahead of a road game against the Steelers. And Decker's return would be a boon to an offensive line that's also missing Pro Bowl center Frank Ragnow.

Decker was Detroit's best pass blocker last season, per Pro Football Focus, and one of the best left tackles in the NFL. Penei Sewell, who the Lions drafted seventh overall to play right tackle, has looked like the rookie that he is while taking Decker's place.

Earlier this week, Campbell said the Lions will o