Jeff Backus has rejoined the Detroit Lions in a new capacity.
The team announced Tuesday the retired tackle will be a part-time coaching intern that will assist the offensive line this season.
Backus retired in March after missing only one game in his 12-year career.
Detroit selected him from Michigan in the first round of the 2001 NFL draft. He started his first 186 games - plus...
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May 28, 2013
ALLEN PARK, Mich. --For the first time in over a decade, the Detroit Lions will have a new left tackle on offense.
Jeff Backus, who had been a starter since 2001 when he was a first-round pick coming out of Michigan, announced his retirement Thursday afternoon.
Backus, a very quiet and private man, did it his way, by releasing a statement through the club:
Today, Ive come to the...
DETROIT -- Lions tackle Jeff Backus will miss Thursday's game against Houston with a hamstring injury, ending his regular-season games started streak at 186.
The news had been expected since Backus sustained the injury in Sunday's loss to Green Bay, but was made official when the Lions released their inactive list 90 minutes before the Thanksgiving Day kickoff. The total...
Detroit offensive tackle Jeff Backus has left Sunday's game against Green Bay with a hamstring injury and will not return.
Backus did not start Detroit's first possession of the second half after appearing to hurt his right leg. The veteran lineman was playing his 186th career game, passing Hall of Fame cornerback Dick LeBeau for fourth place on the franchise's career...
Nike’s new uniforms did little to help the cause of perspiring offensive linemen in Week 1 of the NFL season. Above is a screenshot of Lions tackle Jeff Backus, who sweat through his pants so hard you could see his legs, cheeks, and jockstrap. I think we can officially consider that a wardrobe malfunction. And I think Nike might need to change the kind of material they’re using...
Detroit Lions offensive tackle Jeff Backus has indicated that he’s right on schedule after undergoing offseason bicep surgery four months ago.
“It’s just building back the strength and getting back into the football stuff,” Backus told Detroitlions.com.
Backus has been working hard this offseason rehabbing at the Lions team facility, as well as participating in offseason...
One advanced scouting site says the Lions' primary offseason need is to upgrade their offensive line while a second says Jeff Backus is one of the best free agent tackles on on the market.
Backus, a lightning rod for criticism when the Lions are struggling, put together another strong performance against the Chargers, keeping Antwan Barnes (12 sacks) away from Matthew Stafford.
Allen picked up three sacks, but two came in mop up duty and the third when Matthew Stafford prematurely scrambled out of the pocket.
The most remarkable thing about Jeff Backus' Iron Man streak that reaches its team-record 172nd straight game today is that rarely during his 11 seasons of perpetual playing has Backus even been close to missing a game.