Lions’ Tim Boyle: On Track For First NFL Start
The Lions are expected to activate Boyle (thumb) from the injured reserve and have him start at quarterback in place of Jared Goff (oblique) in Sunday’s game against the Browns, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.
Detroit has yet to officially rule Goff for the game, but he seems to be tending to his first absence of the season after being listed as a non-participant in each of the team’s three practices this week. Boyle, meanwhile, is returning from thumb surgery Aug. 30, but he’s been training for a week and a half and picked up all of the first team reps Wednesday through Friday. Despite being in his fourth year in the pro ranks, Boyle is yet to start in the regular season and has only attempted four career passes, all with the Packers in 2019. Expectations should be extremely low for Boyle, who will work with one of the worst receiving groups in the league and could be without left tackle Taylor Decker (elbow) protecting his blind side against NFL sack leader Myles Garrett and the Cleveland defense . In more extensive action over the Lions’ preseason roster, Boyle struggled mightily with 22 completed passes on 39 attempts (56.4%) for 135 yards (3.5 YPA), one touchdown and no interceptions.