[UPDATE]: Detroit Lions defensive end Kerry Hyder has been ruled out for the 2017-18 season after reportedly suffering a torn Achilles tendon.
#Lions DE Kerry Hyder, one of their breakout players from 2016 with 8 sacks, is out for 2017. Source said he tore his Achilles. Brutal.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 14, 2017
Detroit Lions defensive lineman Kerry Hyder injured his left leg during his team’s preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday afternoon, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.
Pelissero added that Hyder could not even put any weight on his leg and was carted off. It is currently being called a “lower leg injury.”
Later, head coach Jim Caldwell called it “a significant Achilles injury.”
Caldwell on Kerry Hyder Jr.: "He has a significant Achilles injury"
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) August 13, 2017
The 26-year-old Hyder, who played his college football at Texas Tech University, went undrafted in 2014 but was signed by the New York Jets as a free agent.
However, Hyder did not play a single game with the Jets and was released.
He then signed with the Lions in 2015 and played one game that season, failing to register a tackle.
Then, last season, Hyder proved to be one of the biggest surprises in the NFL, playing in all 16 games and finishing with 36 tackles and a team-leading eight sacks.
The Austin, Texas, native was expected to be a big part of the Lions’ pass rush this season, but for now, that’s on hold while Detroit awaits word on the extent of his injury.
Hyder had a solid collegiate career, playing all four years at Texas Tech.
During his final season with the Red Raiders, Hyder tallied 65 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, two sacks and five forced fumbles.
He did not begin earning significant playing time until his sophomore year, when he finished with 42 stops, five tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.
Hyder also racked up 56 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, a fumble recovery and four passes defended during his junior campaign.