The play of the Detroit Lions secondary was absolutely essential in their victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. However, that unit may have taken a big hit, as the Lions sustained a few critical injuries in Lambeau.
Cornerback Josh Wilson seems to have suffered the most serious injury on Sunday. Wilson clutched his knee after a non-contact injury in the fourth quarter. He had to be helped off the field, putting no pressure on his right leg as he limped off.
After the game, Wilson was seen in crutches and was due to undergo an MRI on Monday. Although the results of that MRI have not been made public, head coach Jim Caldwell addressed the injury in his Monday press conference. "He's got a pretty significant injury," Caldwell said. "It's not a one week injury." Wilson's injury comes at a bad time, as the Lions placed fellow cornerback Rashean Mathis on the injured reserve list just last week.
To make matters worse, cornerback Nevin Lawson, who had a breakout game against the Packers, was also removed late from the game. Lawson appears to have suffered a concussion in the fourth quarter as Caldwell said he is currently going through the protocol. There significance of Lawson's concussion is unknown but may be more clear once the Lions' first injury report of the week is released on Wednesday.
The two injuries leave the Lions with just three healthy cornerbacks on the roster: Darius Slay, Quandre Diggs and Crezdon Butler, the last of which was acquired last week. These injuries may force the Lions to take rookie Alex Carter off the short-term IR list sooner than expected. Carter returned to practice last week, giving the Lions 21 days to either keep him on the IR list or activate him. As of Monday, the Lions have not made a decision.
The Lions could also choose to activate Stanley Jean-Baptiste from the practice squad. Jean-Baptiste was a second-round draft pick for the New Orleans Saints in 2014 and was added to the Lions' practice squad back in September.
In addition to Wilson and Lawson, Gabe Wright also suffered an injury in Lambeau. Wright hurt his lower leg and was seen wearing a boot on his right leg in the locker room. The Lions are similarly shorthanded at defensive tackle. Detroit has already placed Tyrunn Walker and Andre Fluellen on injured reserve earlier this season. However, Lions have enough depth at the position where they aren't likely to make a move. Jermelle Cudjo was a healthy scratch in Week 10, and will likely be active this week if Wright can't go.