Bill Bentley’s season is over.
The Lions placed their rookie cornerback on season-ending injured reserve Thursday. Bentley has missed the last two games after suffering a shoulder injury at Philadelphia Oct. 14.
Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said Bentley will undergo surgery next week.
“He was sort of fighting through that injury with his shoulder,” said Mayhew. “He felt like he could still play. He really wanted to play. But there was just concern on our part and his part about making it worse and about his ability to stay on the field if he did get into a game; and about how he would perform with a harness on and some of the limitations he has as far as his range of motion.
“We felt the best thing to do was to put him on injured/reserved and get him ready for next year.”
Bentley, a third-round pick in April’s draft, also missed the team’s Week 2 contest at San Francisco after suffering a concussion the week prior vs. the Rams. He played in four games this season with three starts and finished with 15 tackles.
The team signed veteran safety Don Carey to fill Bentley’s roster spot. Carey can play both safety and cornerback, but is more natural at safety. Carey was with the Lions last season and played in five games with 11 tackles. The Lions waived Carey in final cuts before the season. He’ll wear No. 32.
Carey was on the practice field for the Lions Thursday, along with running back Mikel Leshoure (personal), linebacker DeAndre Levy (hamstring) and defensive tackle Corey Williams (knee), who all missed practice on Wednesday.
Receiver Mike Thomas, who the team traded for on Tuesday, was also on the practice field. He’ll wear No. 19.
Calvin Johnson was not on the practice field, missing his second straight practice with knee injury.
Also missing practice were: defensive end Cliff Avril (back) and safeties Louis Delmas (knee) and Amari Spievey (concussion).
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