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The Detroit Lions Search For a New Receiver While Their $3 Million Star is Sidelined

The Detroit Lions find themselves in a tough spot as their star receiver Kenny Golladay suffered an injury during the Week 8 game against the Indianapolis Colts. Golladay sustained a hip injury in the third quarter, and according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, he will probably miss a few weeks.

The Lions, who are trying to contend for a playoff spot, will most likely be without their top receiver for multiple games. So they are seeking help in the free-agent market.

Kenny Golladay has become the Lions go-to receiver

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The Lions drafted Golladay in the third round of the 2017 NFL draft. He signed a four-year deal worth $3.19 million that included a signing bonus worth $718,824. In his regular-season debut with the Lions, he put together an impressive performance in the season opener against the Arizona Cardinals. Golladay finished with four receptions for 69 yards and two touchdowns. 

He had to miss five games during the season due to a hamstring injury. In December of 2017, he made his first career start against the Baltimore Ravens. He finished the game with two receptions for 44 yards. At the end of the season, he finished 28 receptions for 477 receiving yards and three touchdown receptions in 11 games and five starts. The Lions finished with a 9-7 record.

Before the 2018 season, the Lions hired Matt Patricia to be the new head coach. In his second season, Golladay got off to a strong start. During the season opener against the New York Jets, Golladay finished with seven receptions for 117 yards and a touchdown. Golladay became one of the Lions top receivers in 2018. He finished the season as the Lions’ leading receiver with 70 receptions for 1,063 yards and five touchdowns.

Kenny Golladay’s success continued in 2019

The 2019 season was a big year for Golladay. He was starting to get recognition across the league as a young and upcoming receiver. Golladay started all 16 games in 2019 and finished with 65 receptions for 1,190 yards and 11 touchdowns. His 11 touchdowns led the league. He was selected to his first Pro Bowl for the 2019 season, and it was well deserved.

In his first three seasons, Golladay saw his production increase on the field. There was no question that he was the Lions’ top receiver after the 2019 season. After the 2019 season, Golladay was determined to play at a high-level again in 2020.

Golladay’s injury has the Lions searching for receivers

Before Golladay suffered his injury during the 2020 season, he started in four games and had 20 receptions for 338 yards and two touchdowns. The Lions will certainly miss his presence on the field, and Matthew Stafford will be without his top target for a few games. Detroit did not waste any time looking at potential free agents to sign will Golladay is out. 

According to NFL Insider Tom Pelissero, the Lions brought in NFL veteran Mohamed Sanu for a workout. Pelissero reported the news on his Twitter. Sanu started the 2020 season with the San Francisco 49ers and appeared in three games. He was released on October 6. Sanu has been in the league for eight years and has played for four different teams. The veteran started his career with the Cincinnati Bengals and then spent time with the Atlanta Falcons. In 2019, he split time playing with the Falcons and the New England Patriots. 

Now he is searching for a new team to play with, and the Lions may be that team. There’s no definite timetable on Golladay’s return, and Sanu could be the receiver that could fill in for Golladay while he’s out.