ORCHARD PARK, NY - AUGUST 31: Nick O'Leary #84 of the Buffalo Bills runs after the catch as he is pursued by Steve Longa #54 of the Detroit Lions during the first quarter of a preseason game on August 31, 2017 at New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - The Detroit Lions have placed linebacker Steve Longa on injured reserve with a torn knee ligament.
Detroit coach Matt Patricia announced the move Monday morning.
Longa hurt his right knee when running toward New York Giants quarterback Kyle Lauletta on a touchdown run in a preseason game Friday night.
Longa walked off the field after being evaluated.
The Lions were counting on the former Rutgers standout to be a key player on special teams and as a backup linebacker. Longa played in 16 games for the Lions over the previous two seasons.
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