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Lions lose versatile defender Brandon Copeland for the season

By Brett Whitefield
Aug 15, 2017
Detroit Lions Brandon Copeland

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PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 12: Brandon Copeland #51 of the Detroit Lions in action during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on August 12, 2016 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
  • Ian Rapoport reports the Detroit Lions have lost edge defender/linebacker Brandon Copeland for the entire 2017 season after suffering a torn pectoral muscle in Sunday‚Äôs preseason game versus the Indianapolis Colts. Copeland has been with the Lions since 2015 after being offered a contract following his appearance in the veterans combine.
  • In limited defensive snaps for the Lions, Copeland has proven to be a versatile defender playing both on the edge and off the ball at linebacker. In 2016, Copeland earned an overall grade of 68.2 on 140 snaps, a majority of which were played at a linebacker position.
  • Copeland has graded well on special teams for the Lions and has specifically played well on the punt coverage team. In 2016, Copeland played an additional 308 special teams snaps.

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