TWENTYMAN: Carter headed to season-ending IR

Posted Nov 30, 2015

Rookie cornerback Alex Carter's season is over before it ever really began.

Alex Carter’s season is over before it ever really began.

The Lions placed their rookie cornerback on season-ending injured reserve Monday.

Carter, the team’s third-round draft pick, had been practicing alongside his teammates the last three weeks after sitting out the first eight weeks on short-term injured reserve with the designation to return.

Alex CarterCB Alex Carter (Photo: Detroit Lions)

In the end, the Lions determined Carter missed too much time in the offseason and in training camp to be able to help them the final five games of the season on the active roster.

“He looks like a guy who hasn’t had an opportunity to work the entire spring and fall,” head coach Jim Caldwell said Sunday when asked about Carter’s progress.

Carter missed a large portion of the offseason training program because of his term schedule at Stanford. He then injured his ankle just days into training camp and missed nearly all of training camp and the first half of the season.

When it comes to transitioning from the college game to the pros, the cornerback position is probably the toughest adjustment to make outside of quarterback. 21 days of practice wasn’t enough to convince the Lions Carter deserved a spot on the 53-man roster.

By placing him on IR, Carter also loses out on five more weeks of practice that could have benefited him.

“That’s the toughest part,” Carter said of missing out on the practice time. “It’s back to getting those mental reps, but the past three weeks were good. I got a lot of work in."

Carter says he’ll still get on-field work in before and after practice, but won’t be able to participate in actual practice.

He will return to the field alongside his teammates in the offseason training program and try to make up ground on Nevin Lawson and Quandre Diggs, two young cornerbacks who have been pleasant surprises for the Lions so far this season.