A torn ACL in his left knee in 2011. A torn ACL in his right knee in 2012. A ruptured Achilles tendon in 2013. For any NFL player, much less a wide receiver, suffering those injuries consecutively probably means you should hang 'em up. But Ryan Broyles isn't ready to call it a career. The Lions' third-year wideout has been cleared to join his teammates for voluntary workouts this week. The clearance comes less than six months after the Achilles tear.
You have to credit Broyles for his perseverance. Unfortunately, it might be too late for him to make an impact in Detroit after being a fantasy sleeper in each of the past two seasons, only to see them largely wiped. The Lions have finally found a legit No. 2 wideout in Golden Tate , and they should be looking for another WR early in next month's draft.
Today is Broyles' 26th birthday. He's supposed to be in his physical prime. From a fantasy standpoint, Broyles probably isn't going to have much value to speak of until he leaves the Lions for a team with a greater need at wide receiver. Then we'll actually see if Broyles can be a valuable, consistent contributor at this level, and if his string of major lower-body injuries hasn't completely ruined his once-bright future.