LIONS INSIDER

Caldwell: Tyrunn Walker done for the season

Posted Oct 6, 2015

Defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker had surgery Tuesday afternoon and will be placed on injured reserve by the Lions at some point this week.

Tyrunn Walker signed a one-year deal with the Lions this offseason for a chance to start along Detroit's defensive front, play significant minutes and possibly cash in next offseason after a productive 2015 season.

Unfortunately for him and the Lions, Walker’s season lasted just three and a half games after he suffered a broken leg and a dislocated ankle after be cut blocked in Detroit’s 13-10 loss in Seattle Monday night.

Walker had surgery Tuesday afternoon and will be placed on injured reserve by the Lions at some point this week.

“You certainly feel for him,” head coach Jim Caldwell said. “He’s one of those guys that just kept getting better week after week and working at it and that’s the tough part of this game.”

Walker was playing his best game on the year in Seattle, recording three tackles before going down. He finished the year with nine tackles.

Caldwell said the play in which Walker was injured was a legal block and there was nothing dirty about it.

The Lions will obviously have to fill the void left by Walker's departure. Expect second-year tackle Caraun Reid to step into the starting lineup in place of Walker.

The Lions other starting defensive tackle, Haloti Ngata, is dealing with a calf injury. Caldwell didn’t give any updates on his MRI or status moving forward.

If Ngata is in danger of missing Sunday’s game vs. Arizona, the Lions will obviously have to sign some help at the position.

Reid, rookie Gabe Wright and Jermelle Cudjo, who was inactive in Seattle, are the only true defensive tackles on the roster outside of Ngata. The Lions also have defensive tackle Kerry Hyder on the practice squad.

Defensive ends Jason Jones, Darryl Tapp and Devin Taylor are versatile, and can also play inside, but expect the Lions to have a list of potential free-agent signings ready to go and available to sign by Wednesday afternoon if the news on Ngata isn't good.