The Detroit Lions players are off on Tuesday but were available to talk to the media late on Monday. While Jim Caldwell refused to give any updates on players, we got a few clues from the players themselves.
Matthew Stafford - After taking a vicious hit in the second half of the Chargers game, Stafford returned with a sleeve on his right arm. But if you're worried about his status for Week 2, don't be. Stafford told the Detroit Free Press that he's "good to go" for the game against the Vikings.
Darius Slay - Slay limped off the field into the locker room in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game. He came back to the sidelines, but never returned to the field (though the Lions defense didn't take the field again, excluding the final kneel downs). We didn't get a direct update on Slay's ankle, but he was reportedly wearing a small brace on his right ankle. The severity of his injury is still unknown, but Slay still has a sense of humor about it.
Larry Warford - Warford has been out since the third preseason game, but he's hopeful he will return this week:
Larry Warford "hopes" to practice this week, but hasn't been cleared yet.— Kyle Meinke (@kmeinke) September 14, 2015
The Lions need Warford back as soon as possible, as he was widely considered as the Lions best offensive lineman last year. With Detroit's offensive line off to a terrible start, Warford's return would be a big get for the Lions.
Brandon Pettigrew - After suffering an apparent hamstring injury on an extra point attempt (death to the extra point), Pettigrew offered this update on his status for Sunday:
TE Brandon Pettigrew said he's feeling better, but will he play Sunday? "I'm a gangster."— Josh Katzenstein (@jkatzenstein) September 14, 2015
I've never seen "gangster" on an injury report, but I'm willing to bet it's a downgrade from "Soldier".
The Lions did not give updates on LaAdrian Waddle, DeAndre Levy or Caraun Reid. Caldwell deferred all medical updates to the injury report that will be released on Wednesday.