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T.J. Lang’s latest concussion is at least his fifth brain injury

Lions Wire logo Lions Wire 10/1/2018 Jeff Risdon

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When Detroit Lions right guard T.J. Lang couldn't get up after inadvertently banging helmets in a violent collision with Dallas Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith in the first half of Sunday's game, there was little doubt Lang had suffered a head injury. His balance wobbly even on his knees, his eyes glazed and watering, the tell-tale signs of yet another concussion were sadly present.

The Lions quickly ruled out Lang for the rest of the game with a brain injury. It's at least the fifth concussion Lang, now 31, has been diagnosed with in his career.

Lang detailed his history with concussions while still with the Green Bay Packers in a conference call with Lions media back in 2015. The Detroit native and Eastern Michigan alum said at that time he had suffered "three or four" documented brain injuries to that point.

Sunday's concussion is his second official diagnosed brain injury in his two seasons in Detroit. He missed several games in 2017 with myriad injuries including the concussion, though he still performed well enough to earn a Pro Bowl nod.

Lang missed the Week 2 game in San Francisco with a back injury. Kenny Wiggins, who took over for Lang on Sunday, will move into his right guard spot until Lang is cleared to return to action.


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