Because the Detroit Lions don’t play until Monday night, their first practice of the week was Thursday instead of Wednesday. The extra day, however, wasn’t enough for a few of the Lions’ key contributors to make it onto the practice field.
Darius Slay missed Thursday’s practice due to a hamstring issue that saw him leave in the first half of the Giants game. Earlier in the season, Slay missed two games due to a hamstring issue, and Dave Birkett is reporting that Slay is unlikely to play against this week against the Cowboys:
Caldwell with a "check the report" on Theo Riddick .. Darius Slay is not expected to play Monday .. Have to see where Swanson is in protocol— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) December 22, 2016
Travis Swanson and Theo Riddick, who have now missed multiple games due to their injuries, were both still absent from participating in practice. However, the prognosis on Riddick seems to be getting better, as he was running with trainers on the sidelines.
Also, here’s your daily update on Matthew Stafford Glove Watch 2016. He was wearing a different, but nearly identical glove:
#Lions Stafford at practice from minutes ago wearing his new glove for this week pic.twitter.com/4HwBS2kDEu— FOX 2 Sports (@FOX2Sports) December 22, 2016
Stafford explained before practice the change in glove is mostly because last week’s glove was designed to handle the wet weather conditions.
Golden Tate, who took a shot at the end of the game against the Giants, was not even listed on the injury report, so no concern for his availability this week.
On the Cowboys’ side, defensive end Randy Gregory returned to practice after serving a suspension for performance enhancing drugs. Gregory is on pace to play his first game of the season, and Jerry Jones expects him to play Monday night. The Cowboys could use him as two defensive linemen, DeMarcus Lawrence and Cedric Thornton, were missing from practice.
Here are the full injury reports:
Detroit Lions injury report 12/22/16
C Travis Swanson (concussion) - No practice
CB Darius Slay (hamstring) - No practice
RB Theo Riddick (wrist) - No practice
DT Khyri Thornton (illness) - No practice
DE Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder) - Limited practice
S Rafael Bush (back) - Limited Practice
LB DeAndre Levy (knee) - Limited practice
DT Haloti Ngata (quad) - Limited practice
QB Matthew Stafford (right finger) - Full practice
Dallas Cowboys injury report 12/22/16
DE Tyrone Crawford (foot) - No practice
DE Demarcus Lawrence (back) - No practice
DT Cedric Thornton (ankle) - No practice
T Tyron Smith (back/knee) - No practice
LB Justin Durant (elbow) - No practice
DE Jack Crawford (foot) - Limited practice
LB Sean Lee (knee) - Limited practice
WR Dez Bryant (back) - Full practice
S Barry Church (forearm) - Full practice
G Ronald Leary (back) - Full practice
S J.J. Wilcox (thigh) - Full practice