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Sunday open thread: Should Jim Caldwell be more open with Lions injuries?

Jim Caldwell has stood firm in his ‘we don’t talk about injuries’ policy. Is that fair to the fans?

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Throughout the preseason the Detroit Lions have dealt with a handful of significant injuries. Eric Ebron is still out with an apparent ankle injury. Ameer Abdullah has been nursing his shoulder after surgery in January. Now, Graham Glasgow is in a walking boot.

Injuries are nothing unique to the Lions. Every team is dealing with them this time of year and will continue to do so for the next four months of football. But the Lions are one of a fair amount of teams that decide not to disclose any injury information until they are required to by the league. Just about every injury question thrown Jim Caldwell’s way during training camp has been deflected with a "we don’t talk about injuries" or a reminder that the team isn’t required to submit an injury report at this time of year.

So, today’s Question of the Day is:

Do you think Jim Caldwell should be more open with injuries?

My answer: While it’s frustrating both as a writer and a fan to be left simply wondering about the status of players like Ebron and Glasgow, I respect Caldwell’s persistence to stay quiet. We are not owed anything as fans or as media, regardless of whether we are paying to see the team play or not. The team gains nothing by revealing such information, and on top of that, they risk potential embarrassment if they reveal an initial diagnosis that turns out to be inaccurate. So while it is admittedly frustrating, I don’t think Caldwell should change his ways.

Your turn.

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