The Detroit Lions have placed safety Tavon Wilson on injured reserve due to a lingering shoulder injury that will require surgery, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Wilson suffered the injured the shoulder again during the Lions Thanksgiving Day loss to the Minnesota Vikings. He had played through most of the season with the injury, often wearing a red no-contact jersey during practice.
According to the Free Press, Wilson had to don the red jersey so much, the team had his nameplate and number affixed to it — something that’s usually only done for quarterbacks.
Wilson has 55 tackles, two sacks, a forced fumble and an interception for the Lions this season. He won the starting strong safety job in a competition with Rafael Bush in training camp during 2016, starting 23 games over the past two seasons.
With Wilson out, the Lions will likely turn to Miles Killebrew, a second-year pro out of Southern Utah who has filled in during some packages for Detroit throughout his two NFL seasons. The former fourth-round pick has 28 tackles, a forced fumble and an interception this season.
Wilson is in the final year of a two-year contract that had up to $500,000 in incentives based on playing time linked to his salary. It’s unclear if he will end up earning any of that extra cash now.