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Caldwell on Larry Warford: 'He's going to be a little bit'

Posted Nov 10, 2014

The Detroit Lions are facing the prospects of playing without talented right guard Larry Warford for the foreseeable future.

The Detroit Lions are facing the prospects of playing without talented right guard Larry Warford for the foreseeable future.

Travis SwansonG Travis Swanson (Photo: Gavin Smith / Detroit Lions)

Warford left Sunday’s 20-16 victory over Miami midway through the first series after injuring his left knee. He tried to go one more play after initially suffering the injury, but it was evident he was hobbled and ineffective so he left the game. He didn’t return.

"He's going to be a little bit," head coach Jim Caldwell said Monday. "They're continuing to look at him today, and kind of see where we are. But hopefully -- young guys heal fast -- so we'll see."

Warford has started all 25 games of his career since being drafted by the Lions in the third round last year.

He's not only one of the best young guards in the NFL, but one of the best in all of football. He didn’t allow a single sack as a rookie last year.

Rookie Travis Swanson stepped in for Warford on Sunday and played pretty well over the next 59 snaps.

He allowed three pressures, according to Pro Football Focus, but no sacks and was good in the run game.

"Any time we have any sort of injury at any position, and a guy has a bevy of experience, and if he's replaced by a guy that doesn't have as much experience, you obviously lose that part of it," Caldwell said. "But he's been playing extremely well. And if he's not able to play this week, we'll get someone ready to go.

"The young guy stepped in and played well. Travis played great. So we'll make the necessary adjustments."

Expect Swanson to continue to start at right guard while Warford is out. The team could also sign Rodney Austin to the active roster from the practice squad to add depth.