The Detroit Lions are halfway through the 2014 preseason, and they will hit the field for their third exhibition game of 2014 on Friday night when the Jacksonville Jaguars come to town. Friday's game will serve as the Lions' "dress rehearsal" for the regular season, meaning that the starters will get more than just a few series of playing time.
Although it's important for the starters to perform well, the Lions' main goal for Friday, as usual, is just to get through the game without suffering any major injuries. That's really the top priority for every team in the preseason, and the Lions have been pretty fortunate so far this summer when it comes to injuries. Going into Friday's game, their injury report looks like this:
WR TJ Jones (shoulder) - Out (still on PUP list)
DE Ziggy Ansah (shoulder) - Could play
S DeJon Gomes (neck) - Likely out (didn't practice this week)
Only Jones is for sure out going into Friday's game. He is still on the PUP list thanks to the shoulder surgery he had back in June, and chances are he will remain on the PUP list going into the regular season.
Ansah, who also had offseason shoulder surgery and spent time on the PUP list, might make his preseason debut on Friday. The Lions aren't going to rush him back, but Jim Caldwell sounded optimistic when asked on Wednesday about Ansah's chances of playing.
Caldwell said he's hoping Ansah will play Friday. He's been doing more in practice each day and will meet with docs today after practice.— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) August 20, 2014
As for Gomes, it'd be surprising if he plays on Friday simply because he wasn't able to practice this week. He suffered a neck injury on a helmet-to-helmet type of collision against the Oakland Raiders, and there's no sense in rushing him back from something like that for a preseason game.