Detroit Lions OL Halapoulivaati Vaitai has back surgery, status unknown for season

The Detroit Lions have their first long-term injury loss of the 2022 NFL season.

Halapoulivaati Vaitai had back surgery in Dallas on Tuesday, Lions coach Dan Campbell said, and his status for the rest of the year is now up in the air.

"That's (something) to monitor," Campbell said Wednesday. "He certainly will be out for a little while here, but we're not ruling out that he's done for the season."

Vaitai, the Lions' starting right guard, was placed on injured reserve Sept. 5, which ruled him out for at least the first four games. 

 He has had different ailments in his tenure with Detroit, missing six games with a foot injury in 2020 and two games in 2021 − one with COVID-19, the other due to a brain injury.

This could be the second consecutive season where the Lions don't play a single game with all five offensive linemen healthy. 

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