September 1, 2014 at 1:29 pm

Lions' Kyle Van Noy might miss eight games on short-term IR, Caldwell admits

If he goes on short-term IR, Kyle Van Noy could return for the Nov. 9 game against the Dolphins. (Daniel Mears / Detroit News)

Allen Park — Second-round pick Kyle Van Noy could miss half of his rookie season, according to coach Jim Caldwell.

In his first regular-season news conference Monday, Caldwell said Van Noy is “certainly” a candidate for the team’s short-term injured reserve slot, which would keep him out of at least the first eight games.

Van Noy had successful core muscle surgery Thursday, and Caldwell said the Lions’ medical staff still needed to evaluate him after the procedure.

“A lot of it depends on him in terms of how quickly he heals,” Caldwell said. “We’ll wait and see. He just got back last night, so our guys have a chance to talk with him or look at him and get a sense of things. That’ll be happening today, so we’ll get a sense the next couple days or so.”

The Lions can use the short-term IR designation on one player on Tuesday, which would open a spot on the active 53-man roster. The team used the designation for running back Montell Owens last yer.

The recovery time for Van Noy’s injury is typically at least four to six weeks. Since the Lions have their bye in Week 9, the first time the player on short-term IR would be available is Week 10 against Miami.

The Lions traded up to select Van Noy 40th overall in May hoping he could be the starting strong-side linebacker. Now, Ashlee Palmer or Tahir Whitehead will open the season at that spot.