Detroit Lions first-round draft pick Aaron Gibson will miss the entire 1999 season because of a left shoulder injury that will require surgery, coach Bobby Ross said after Thursday's practice at the Silverdome.
"It's unfortunate," Ross said, "but he needs the surgery now."
Two weeks ago, Dr. James Andrews of Birmingham, Ala., had instructed Gibson -- a behemoth offensive right tackle out of Wisconsin -- to rehabilitate his injured shoulder with weight training.
It was thought that with rehab and the use of a harness over the injury that Gibson could play at least a portion of the season, then undergo surgery in the offseason.
However, after a reevaluation of Gibson on Wednesday, Ross said Andrews decided the rehab did little to improve the injury and surgery is required. A Lions spokesperson said the operation is scheduled for Sept. 2.
Gibsons' injury, which first bothered him during an offseason minicamp, is thought to have occurred sometime during his college career at Wisconsin.
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