ALLEN PARK, Mich. Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola shakes his head when he thinks back to when teammate Jeff Backus suffered a torn biceps during the playoffs last season.
He was trying to wrap it and go back in the game, Raiola said. There was like a minute left in the game and we were down two or three scores. That will give you an example into the mind of Jeff Backus.
Backus streak of 186 consecutive starts at left tackle -- every game during his 12-year career -- is in serious jeopardy this week. Backus left Sundays game against Green Bay with a hamstring injury, missed practice Tuesday and is unofficially considered doubtful for Thursdays game against Houston.
Backus, who wasnt available for comment, has the third-longest active streak, behind only Tampa Bay cornerback Ronde Barber (209 straight starts) and Washington linebacker London Fletcher (189).
Backus' streak is actually 187 if you include the playoff game.
I know hes going to do everything he can, Raiola sa...