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Lions' Justin Coleman exits opener in first half with an injury

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News

Detroit — Detroit Lions starting nickel cornerback Justin Coleman had to be helped off the field by the team's training staff after suffering an injury in the second quarter of Sunday's season-opener against Chicago. 

Lions cornerback Justin Coleman (27) is helped by medical staff in the first half on Sunday.

Coleman was defending a receiver away from the action as the Lions got a stop on third down deep in their own territory. Trainers appeared to be examining the corner's left knee. 

In the first series after the injury, Coleman was replaced by Darryl Roberts. 

Signed as a free agent a year ago, Coleman appeared in all 16 games for the Lions in 2019, playing more than 900 defense snaps. He recorded 13 pass breakups and three forced fumbles, both career-highs. 

Early in the game against the Bears, Coleman broke up a pass in the end zone intended for Allen Robinson, preventing a touchdown. 

jdrogers@detroitnews.com

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