The Detroit Lions take on the New York Giants on Monday Night Football next week. The stage was set up perfectly for Kyle Van Noy to bust onto the NFL scene in front of millions tuning into ESPN to get their football fix. Unfortunately, that won’t be happening. The Lions placed Van Noy on the Reserve/Injured-Designated for Return list today according to the Lions official website.
Today #Lions also used their IR w/designation to return for rookie LB Kyle Van Noy, club’s 2nd round pick.
— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) September 2, 2014
The short-term injured reserve basically means that Van Noy will be unable to practice for six weeks and not eligible to return for games for eight weeks. This is definitely not the type of debut that Van Noy was wanting as he started his NFL career.
Van Noy felt soreness in his core muscle a couple of weeks ago and had surgery to repair the muscle last week.
There was a lot of anticipation for Van Noy’s career but as camp went on, Van Noy was not expected to start. Even still, he was expected to have an impact and eventually work his way into the starting lineup. The injury to his core will definitely set Van Noy back as he gets started in the NFL.
Sitting and being forced to watch the first eight weeks of the NFL season may not be all bad, though. This will give Van Noy the opportunity to watch and learn from the sideline as he learns how much quicker the NFL is than the college game that he played at BYU. No, there is no substitute for game experience, but as long as it isn’t longer than eight weeks, then I think that there could be some benefit from standing next to a coach and learning about the game and the assignments he will eventually fill.
BYU fans know how much of an impact Kyle Van Noy can have. I hope that he doesn’t have to wait to much longer to make a similar impact at the next level.