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    Lions shift Melifonwu to IR, promote Worley off practice squad

    Allen Park — For the second straight week, the Detroit Lions have placed a starting cornerback on injured reserve.

    Last week, Jeff Okudah’s season was ended by a ruptured Achilles. It’s not as serious for his replacement in the lineup, Ifeatu Melifonwu, but the rookie will need a few weeks to get healthy from the leg injury he suffered in Monday night’s loss to the Green Bay Packers. 

    “I feel bad for him,” Lions coach Dan Campbell said on Tuesday. “He’s going to be down for a little while. He’s going to be down for a significant amount of time and so certainly won’t have him for at least a couple of weeks, if not more.”

    Melifonwu’s stint on injured reserve will be a minimum of three weeks. He’ll be eligible to return when the Lions host the Cincinnati Bengals at Ford Field on Oct. 17. 

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