Most Detroit Lions fans were initially excited about the selection of Mississippi State cornerback Darius Slay.

Then they learned he recently tore his meniscus, and that excitement turned to apprehension.

The Lions placed defensive tackle Sammie Hill, cornerback Jacob Lacey, defensive tackle Nick Fairley, defensive tackle Corey Williams, receiver Ryan Broyles, cornerback Bill Bentley, receiver Nate Burleson, punter Ben Graham and Drayton Florence on injured reserve last season. Cornerback Chris Houston and safety Louis Delmas were inactive due to various injuries in 2012. Running back Jahvid Best was drafted despite concussion concerns and has not played since 2011 after sustaining another head injury.

Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew was asked if he expects Slay to participate in next week's rookie minicamp (May 10-12), and his answer showed why the cornerback was a second-round selection in the 2013 NFL draft.

"I do," Mayhew said.

Mayhew said he was aware of Slay's injury prior to the draft, but considers the damage to be minor. Slay said he hurt the knee during his Pro Day workout, but is not bothered by the injury.

"I'm pretty sure I'll be ready for training camp," Slay said.