Kyle Van Noy was drafted by the Lions in the second round out of BYU. (Daniel Mears / Detroit News)
Allen Park — The Lions on Tuesday placed second-round pick Kyle Van Noy on injured reserve with the designation to return.
Van Noy will miss at least the first eight games of the season and cannot practice with the team until after Week 6. With the Lions idle in Week 9, Van Noy’s debut will come no sooner than Week 10.
Van Noy, an outside linebacker, last week had surgery for a core muscle injury.
To fill Van Noy’s roster spot, the Lions re-signed veteran defensive end Darryl Tapp, who was one of their roster cuts Saturday when the team trimmed its roster to 53 players.
The Lions can only give one player the designation to return. Last season they used the slot on running back Montell Owens.
Aside from Van Noy, the Lions continue to be one of the NFL’s healthiest teams from top to bottom. In Tuesday’s practice, Van Noy and safeties James Ihedigbo (rest) and Don Carey (hamstring) were the only players sitting, the same three that sat Monday.
Ihedigbo, the starting strong safety, said Monday he expects to play Monday night against the New York Giants and insisted that he’s simply resting and not dealing with a specific injury. He missed the Lions’ last two exhibition games.