The Detroit Lions have made an absolutely shocking start to the 2015 NFL season.
The Lions finally managed their first win of the season on Sunday, beating the Chicago Bears in an offensive showdown between Matt Stafford and Jay Cutler, that ended with a 27-yard Matt Prater field goal with just two minutes of overtime remaining, as Jim Caldwell managed to keep his job for another week.
However, even after a win there is bad news for the Detroit franchise, as one player had to be rushed to hospital following the game.
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According to a report from Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, rookie running back Zach Zenner was taken to hospital after suffering cracked ribs and a partially collapsed lung.
The injury must be pretty severe because Zenner has already been ruled out for the rest of the season thanks to the injury.
Still in Hospital
Caldwell said Zenner remained in the hospital as of Monday afternoon, but his condition is improving. Surgery could be required, although Caldwell did not know the particulars yet when he met with the media at his weekly press conference.
"Had a chance to visit with him on the phone a little bit, and he's certainly not hurt only physically, but he's hurting for the (lost) opportunity," Caldwell said. "But he's a young guy, and he'll heal in due time."
Zenner was a preseason standout, making the roster as an undrafted free agent and outshining high draft pick Ameer Abdullah in the run-up to the regular season.
The former South Dakota State standout ends his rookie campaign with 60 rushing yards on 17 carries. Hopefully, he can make a full recovery and get back out onto the gridiron sooner rather than later.