Is it too early to start panicking about Josh Paschal and his health? For the Detroit Lions front office, probably not. Brad Holmes, Dan Campbell and Co. knew about the deal with him. They were aware of his injury history.
And they still drafted him.
Because of that, it’s safe to surmise they’re not going to give up hope so quickly. Especially before Paschal takes his first NFL snap. After all, they drafted him with the 46th overall pick this year. He ranked as one of the most athletic EDGE rushers at this year’s NFL Combine. When healthy, they seen what he can do. And they know how he can help.
So they’re not panicking yet.
However, it’s a different story with some Lions fans. A simple name search of Paschal’s name on Twitter proves it. Some fans are beginning to panic.
Several days ago, the Lions placed Paschal on the Active/PUP (physically unable to perform) list. His designation was yet another red flag. Paschal had already missed the mandatory minicamp. The Lions listed him as out with a “lower extremity injury.”
On Wednesday morning, Lions head coach Dan Campbell shed some light on Paschal’s injury status.
“Paschal, had a sports hernia, essentially, [a] version of sports hernia. So, that’s what he’s working with,” said Campbell. “He’s doing well, but it will be a little bit. He’s doing good, so he’s progressing, but that’s why he’s not out there.”
Not the news that Detroit Lions fans want to hear. The NFL season is around the corner. And Paschal’s health and lack of availability are already becoming noticeable. Granted, Jameson Williams, the Lions 13th overall pick from this year’s draft, will miss time.
However, in Williams’ case, he appears to be trending in the right direction. And on top of that, his talent was worth the gamble. There’s an argument that the same can’t be said about Paschal.
It’s still early, though. When Paschal eventually suits up for the Lions, he could prove to be worth the risk the Lions took in drafting him. Until then, however, expect the health of Josh Paschal to be a discussion point with fans and in the media.
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