Broyles had become a dependable receiving option for the Lions after Nate Burleson broke his leg in Week 7. In four games as a starter, Broyles was averaging over 14 yards per catch, second only to Calvin Johnson among Lions receivers. He finished his rookie season with 22 catches for 310 yards and two touchdowns.
“It's tough,” guard Rob Sims said. “It feels like we've been having the worst luck lately. When you lose [Broyles], a guy who was going to be an emerging player on this team, to lose him for the rest of the season, it's hard.
The injury is Broyles' second ACL tear in as many seasons. He was finally able to play at full strength following Detroit's Week 5 bye after completing rehab to strengthen a surgically repaired left ACL that he tore while playing for the University of Oklahoma on Nov. 5, 2011.
Broyles tweeted that he'd be “back at it next year” after coach Jim Schwartz released news of his injury to the media, and Schwartz says the team is confident that Broyles will be able to make a full recovery in time to contribute next season.
“[Reconstructive surgery and the ACL rehab process is] something that [Broyles has] gone through already,” Schwartz said. “We have a few players on our team, namely Brandon Pettigrew and Kyle Vanden Bosch that have had ACL injuries on both knees... Ryan's a real hard-working player. He did a great job with his rehab last time. It'll be a bump in the road for him, but it won't be something that he can't overcome.” (CBS Sports)