The Detroit Lions were rolling on offense in the first half of their game against the Dallas Cowboys. They scored three rushing touchdowns in the first two quarters, after coming into the game with just five total.
However, the Lions may be shorthanded in the second half. Both Andre Roberts and Anquan Boldin were sidelined with injuries in the first half and both are questionable to return.
Roberts went down first with a shoulder injury. While his impact on offense is minimal, he is the Lions’ return specialist. TJ Jones appears to have taken over punt return duties, while Asa Jackson caught one kickoff in Roberts’ absence.
As for Boldin, he went down with a finger injury. If he’s not able to come back, it will have a bigger negative impact on Detroit. Boldin has two catches for 14 yards in the first half and has notoriously been a great option for Matthew Stafford on third down.
Luckily, the Lions kept five active receivers on the roster on Monday—a rarity for Detroit. But at this point they’re down to just three and it could be a major factor during the rest of the game.
UPDATE: Both players returned to action to start the second half. We’ll continue to monitor their situation.