Detroit Lions safety James Ihedigbo missed the second half of the preseason, and he hasn't practiced at all this week. The Lions and Ihedigbo maintained that he was simply getting rest, but now we know that he's actually dealing with knee and neck injuries. That's why he missed practice on Thursday, according to the Lions' first official injury report of the season:
DT Caraun Reid (shoulder) - Limited in practice
S James Ihedigbo (knee/neck) - Did not practice
S Don Carey (hamstring) - Did not practice
With Ihedigbo and Don Carey both out, it's possible that Isa Abdul-Quddus or Jerome Couplin could start on Monday night against the New York Giants. That would obviously be less than ideal, and there is still plenty of time for Ihedigbo and Carey to get ready for the season opener, but we need to at least consider the possibility that both players will be out.
Generally speaking, the Lions are quite healthy going into the regular season. Yes, we can't forget that Kyle Van Noy is on injured reserve with the designation to return, and we also can't forget that fellow rookie TJ Jones is on the PUP list, but overall, the Lions are a pretty healthy team right now.