The injury Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay suffered during practice on Thursday turned out to be a torn meniscus, according to ESPN's Michael Rothstein. The "freak" injury, as Jim Schwartz put it, originally sounded like it could be a torn ACL or something else that would end Slay's season, but that's not the case. Instead, according to Rothstein, the Lions are planning to monitor the injury "on a week-to-week basis," indicating that they hope Slay will return at some point this season.
Back in May, Slay actually had knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus. He suffered the injury during offseason workouts in the lead-up to the NFL Draft, and the Lions decided to have him get surgery to make sure it wouldn't be a lingering issue. That turned out to be a good move considering Slay missed only a month or so of time, but it's unclear if surgery is being considered this time around. It's also unclear at this time if Slay injured the same knee as before or if he tore his other meniscus.
In any case, Slay is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles, meaning he isn't expected to play this week. He had his best game in the NFL last week on Thanksgiving as a replacement for Chris Houston, who is expected to be back on Sunday.
If Houston does in fact return, the Lions won't necessarily miss Slay since he likely wouldn't have started anyway. However, it'd obviously be nice to have him around as extra depth going forward, so the hope is that this will turn out to be a minor injury in the grand scheme of things.