Just a day after potentially losing cornerback Ian Wells for the season, the injury bug hit the Detroit Lions again on Wednesday.
First, after a turbulent performance on Tuesday, Darius Slay was mysteriously held out of practice on Wednesday. Slay exhibited no signs of injuries Tuesday night, and even expressed his excitement on getting a second shot at Antonio Brown on Wednesday. “Oh, I’m ready for his ass tomorrow,” Slay said post-practice on Wednesday. But, obviously, he never got his rematch.
According to Jim Caldwell, Slay was held out for a “medical situation.” When asked to clarify, Caldwell said that the injury he was dealing with was not a hamstring issue.
Darius Slay declined comment coming off the field. Caldwell said Slay had injury situation "that we just wanted to calm down a little bit"— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) August 10, 2016
Based on the above statement, it seems like the Lions are simply being cautious with Slay and it does not appear to be a serious injury.
Unfortunately, the Lions did suffer from what appears to be a long-term injury on Wednesday. Linebacker Jon Bostic was carted off practice early on Wednesday after suffering a leg injury. After practice, Caldwell offered the kind of update he only typically gives if the injury is serious.
He also said Jon Bostic's injury is not a couple-day thing. Sounds like he could be lost for a while.— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) August 10, 2016
Losing Bostic would be a significant loss for the Lions. With DeAndre Levy still on the Non-Football Injury list, Detroit’s depth at the linebacker position is extremely thin. Bostic started out camp as Levy’s replacement as the weak side linebacker, and while Josh Bynes has taken over those duties since, Bostic has proven to be valuable depth at both the weak side and middle linebacker positions during camp. Without Bostic available, players like Khaseem Greene, Zaviar Gooden and even rookie Antwione Williams will have to step up.
Ezekiel Ansah also suffered a short injury scare when beat writers noticed he was sitting out the last few drills. Caldwell nipped that one in the bud, however, explaining that Ansah had no injury and was just getting some rest.