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Lions tackle Taylor Decker sidelined indefinitely after shoulder surgery

The Lions offensive line suffered a big blow this week.

Starting left tackle Taylor Decker is out indefinitely after shoulder surgery Monday, the team announced. The surgery was needed after Decker was injured last week.

However, Lions coach Jim Caldwell said he didn’t expect the recovery time to take up the entire 2017 season, even though he doesn’t have a specific timetable for Decker’s return.

The Detroit Free Press cited a source who said Johnson wrote the Lions a check for at least $1 million as a reimbursement after retiring with four years remaining on the eight-year, $132 million deal he signed in 2012.

Neither the Lions nor Johnson commented on the report. Johnson did say last month he wasn’t treated the way he “should have been treated on the way out.”

When the two sides negotiated a settlement following his retirement, the Lions simply stated all matters related to Johnson’s contract “were settled to the satisfaction of the parties.”

Lions coach Jim Caldwell said a few days after Johnson’s comments Find Cheap Jerseys Online about being mistreated that it’s important for the Lions to repair their relationship with Johnson.

“Maybe there’s a disagreement, a little different viewpoint, but the most important thing I think perhaps this whole thing will bring about a little bit more dialogue,” Caldwell said. “Now, how long will that take? I’m not certain. I’m not putting any parameters on it, but I think there will probably Fans Cheap Jerseys be a little discussion, which I think will be a good thing.”