The Detroit Lions and Los Angeles Rams had some key players on Friday’s injury report. Detroit could be missing up to five starters on offense and one backup. While the Rams could be down five starters of their own on defense.
Although designations for these injured players won’t become official until 11:30 a.m. ET, some news has already been leaked by national reporters regarding the availability of some of these players.
On Detroit’s side, Adam Schefter is reporting that third-string running back Dwayne Washington will not play due to the ankle injury that kept him out nearly the entire week of practice. With Theo Riddick already declared out, that leaves Detroit with just Justin Forsett—who was added to the team on Tuesday—and Zach Zenner—who has been a healthy scratch several times this year—as the two healthy bodies in the backfield this week.
The Rams got better news early Sunday morning. According to Ian Rapoport, the Rams will be getting back premier pass rusher Robert Quinn this week. Quinn missed last week’s game against the Bills and the Rams defense struggled without him. Los Angeles has several defensive linemen listed on the injury report this week and Rapoport gave an update for all of them:
#Rams get some D-line help, with Robert Quinn (shoulder) set to play vs. #Lions. William Hayes unlikely, Michael Brockers (hip) game-time— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 16, 2016
The Rams defensive line is the heart of their defense, so if William Hayes and Michael Brockers cannot go, it would be a big hit to the Rams.
We’re still waiting for updates on key players like Ezekiel Ansah or Larry Warford. Be sure to check back around 11:30 for the official injury designations from both teams.
UPDATE: Contrary to Rapoport’s tweet, Quinn is out, while Hayes and Brockers will play.