As usual, the Detroit Lions emerged from their latest game dealing with several injuries. Most notably this week, wide receiver Calvin Johnson left Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills after aggravating his ankle injury. Johnson missed a couple practices this week with the injury, and he didn't see a single target in the first half on Sunday. Once a pass was finally thrown in his direction, he was drilled in the leg, and he had to leave the game as a result.
The Lions also lost running back Reggie Bush to an ankle injury on Sunday. It's unclear when or how he got hurt, and it's also unclear how severe the injury is. The Lions should know more about both Bush and Johnson on Monday.
Did say he doesn't know if Calvin's latest injury is long term, said he and Bush will be re-evaluated tomorrow— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) October 5, 2014
At this point, the best idea for the Lions may be to just shut down Johnson for a week or two and let him get healthy. He's clearly nowhere near 100 percent, and if he can't even contribute much when active, there's really no point in playing him and risking further injury, as the Lions found out on Sunday. As for Bush, the Lions are already thin at running back with Joique Bell and Theo Riddick missing Sunday's game, but hopefully at least one of them will be back next week.
In other injury news, offensive guard Larry Warford received some attention during Sunday's game for an arm injury, but it doesn't sound like anything serious.
#Lions RG Larry Warford told me "I'm fine," and that his elbow just got caught in protection. Said it was nothing serious.— Michael Rothstein (@mikerothstein) October 5, 2014
Even punter Sam Martin briefly headed to the locker room on Sunday, although he didn't miss any playing time. It's unclear if he got hurt or if his trip to the locker room was unrelated to an injury, but that could be something to keep an eye on when the first injury report is released next week.