Lions score 34 points despite losing entire right side of their offensive line to dehydration
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Detroit Lions' offensive line has been a strength for the team this season, which is kind of remarkable considering they’ve already played multiple games without multiple starters in the early going of the season.
They dealt with even more issues on Sunday in their 34-16 win against Jacksonville, losing the entire right side of their offensive front to the Florida heat. Right tackle Tyrell Crosby left the game in the second quarter because of dehydration and was replaced by Halapoulivaati Vaitai, who left the game a short time later because he was dehydrated too.
The temperature at kickoff was about 80 degrees, but with a humidity that approached 80%.
“It was pretty humid down here," coach Matt Patricia said. "It was pretty hot. We might have more than just two that will have to get IV’s and stuff like that. Sometimes that happens. I have to do a better job of being ready to go with that stuff. Florida in October is still warm. Again, I am proud of everybody stepping up and being ready to go when they had to.”
The Lions opened with the same starting offensive line as the last two games, but appeared determined to rotate through multiple players even before the heat began to take its toll. Jonah Jackson and Vaitai started at guard once again, but were replaced by Joe Dahl and Oday Aboushi in the second quarter.
Then Crosby went down because of the heat, forcing Vaitai back into the game at right ...
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