Former Ohio State defensive tackle Jashon Cornell, who was set to begin his rookie season with the Detroit Lions, has been placed on injured reserve according to a news release by the Lions Thursday.
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) August 20, 2020
Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press also reported Tuesday that head coach Matt Patricia said Cornell’s injury was “pretty serious,” and that it was a left Achilles tendon injury that was suffered during a one-on-one pass-rushing drill.
“We’re getting with the doctors now to figure out exactly what that looks like but that was a pretty severe injury from that standpoint,” Patricia said. “He was in a lot of pain. He was down for a while. Unfortunate that happened in that particular part of practice.”
Cornell was picked by the Lions in the seventh round, pick No. 235 of the 2020 NFL Draft, and signed a four-year contract with Detroit earlier in the offseason.
In his final year with Ohio State, Cornell racked up 30 tackles, 6 1/2 tackles for loss, four sacks and one forced fumble. He was part of a defensive line that held opponents to the ninth-fewest rushing yards (103.7 yards allowed per game) in the country and that had 54 total sacks, three more than any team in the FBS in 2019.
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