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NFL Rookie Reportedly Suffers Torn ACL At Practice

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 08: A detail of the official National Football League NFL logo is seen painted on the turf as the New York Giants host the Atlanta Falcons during their NFC Wild Card Playoff game at MetLife Stadium on January 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Injuries are as big a part of football as touchdowns and interceptions, but they're cruel, and they're especially cruel for rookies who've yet to play an official down of NFL football yet.

A Detroit Lions rookie reportedly suffered a devastating injury at practice today. The injury will likely sideline him for the entire season.

Nick Bawden, a first-year fullback out of San Diego State, suffered a knee injury at practice today, and according to a report, the Lions fear it's a torn ACL.

Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network has the details.

"The Lions fear rookie FB Nick Bawden suffered a torn ACL in practice today, source said. Happened in a special teams drill. Seventh-round pick’s season appears to be over," he reports.

That's brutal.

Bawden, a California native, played collegiately at San Diego State. He was a seventh round pick this past May.

He's a former quarterback who made the position change while at SDSU.

Hopefully he can make a full recovery and be back better than ever.