The Detroit Lions will be without top defensive end Trey Flowers until at least Thanksgiving because of an injury he suffered in Sunday’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

The Lions placed Flowers on injured reserve Monday, but head coach Matt Patricia indicated Flowers should return this season.

Players on IR must miss a minimum of three games.

“Some of the snap reduction was just because he had been playing a lot of snaps and we’re always conscious,” Patricia said. “Trey puts his entire body on the line every single play. This was a new injury that happened yesterday.

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