Lions tackle Corey Hillard injured his knee in Sunday's loss to the Bengals. He was scheduled to have an MRI on Monday. (Daniel Mears / Detroit News)
Allen Park — The Lions were left with one fully healthy offensive tackle after the game Sunday but coach Jim Schwartz said it was still too early to tell if they would have to sign another.
“Potentially, we may have to look for some help,” he said on Monday. “We just have to see this week how it goes and see where all the guys are.”
Here’s the rundown:
* Starting right tackle Jason Fox has played in just two games, out first with a groin injury and now with a knee injury. Schwartz said he was improving, though he didn’t say whether he’d be able to return to practice this week.
* Right tackle Corey Hilliard, who has replaced Fox at right tackle, injured his knee Sunday. He was scheduled to have an MRI Monday, but Schwartz did not share the results.
“I don’t know if that is a day-to-day thing, but it’s not a long-term thing,” he said.
* Starting left tackle Riley Reiff injured his hamstring in the first half Sunday but returned early in the fourth quarter after Hilliard went down.
“Reiff was limited when he did return,” Schwartz said. “I kept a close eye on him from the sideline to make sure it wasn’t a situation where he was going to hurt himself or the team.
“He was doing his job out there, so that was a little bit encouraging.”
The only other tackle on the roster and practice squad is rookie LaAdrian Waddle, who first played left tackle and then right tackle Sunday. Had Reiff not been able to return Sunday, interior offensive lineman Dylan Gandy would have played tackle.
“We could be forced to make some kind of move, but it’s too soon to tell,” Schwartz said.
The best-case scenario would be Reiff and Fox would be ready to play this week and Hilliard won’t have to miss more than a week or two. But there are other options available.
The Lions cut a pair of tackles at the end of training camp — Kevin Haslam and Austin Holtz. Both know the offense and, if healthy, could offer short-term help. There are also some veteran free agent tackles still on the market — Jammal Brown, Jared Gaither, Max Starks, Frank Omiyale and Wayne Hunter, to name a few.
Also, the NFL trade deadline is Oct. 29.