Still no word when Lions rookie Kyle Van Noy will return to action

Rod Beard
The Detroit News

Allen Park — At least for now, the Lions are in a wait-and-see mode on rookie Kyle Van Noy’s health.

Van Noy, a second-round pick out of BYU, practiced last week but didn’t play in Friday’s exhibition victory over the Jaguars and said Saturday he feared his injury could be a sports hernia.

Coach Jim Caldwell didn’t want to speculate Monday on what is ailing Van Noy, who didn’t participate in the portion of practice open to the media.

“Like I’ve said before, I’m certainly not in the business of talking about some of those things openly at this time of the year. I don’t think we have to,” Caldwell said. “The other thing is I’m not certain yet — he’s still under evaluation.

“He’s still got to see the doctors, and the doctors are going to tell him he’s going to a specialist to take a look at it. We’ll make a determination at that point in time where he is.”

Throughout the exhibition season, Van Noy was projected to be a key piece on defense, but his injury, for which he first sought treatment Thursday, leaves the situation muddled.

Tahir Whitehead, who started Friday’s game, had 10 tackles and three sacks.

Playing cautiously

With the exhibition Thursday, Caldwell said he’s not overly concerned about playing time for his starters, especially given the season-ending ACL injury to Rams quarterback Sam Bradford.

“(Injuries) are difficult,” he said. “You can’t predict injuries, nor can you let them necessarily let them just sway your thinking and prejudice towards one way or the other.

“You have to look at it and judge it according to what you think and how you think it should go and make a decision accordingly.”

Caldwell said stars in other sports are sometimes swayed by unpredictable injuries, but some continue on, knowing that a season-altering play can happen at any time.

“It’s just like (Pacers forward Paul) George with the USA basketball team, right?” he said. “You saw some guys pull out. You see other guys who are still playing hard.”