The Detroit Lions had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day when it came to injuries Sunday afternoon against the Tennessee Titans. The Lions almost immediately lost Ezekiel Ansah, then proceeded to lose Ameer Abdullah, Antwione Williams, Kyle Van Noy and, temporarily, Eric Ebron and Riley Reiff.
The Lions declined to give any updates on injuries after the game, but news has started to trickle in from outside sources regarding Ameer Abdullah.
Abdullah suffered a foot injury on a 24-yard rush late in the second quarter. Abdullah made two very sharp moves that had defenders missing, but ultimately found himself hobbling off the field. Late last night, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Abdullah was in a walking boot post-game while walking with a “noticeable limp.”
Early Monday morning, Ian Rapoport, who you may remember from calling Eric Ebron’s injury an Achilles injury, gave an update on Abdullah’s status:
#Lions RB Ameer Abdullah, who left the game with a foot injury, had X-Rays come out negative, source said. But more tests today.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 19, 2016
No broken bones is obviously great news for Abdullah, but he’s hardly out of the water yet. There are several other kind of injuries that could have happened that could hold out Abdullah for a long period of time. For example, high ankle sprains tend to linger for weeks and can severely limit mobility.
Unfortunately, it looks like we’ll just have to continue to wait for anything more concrete. The Lions are notoriously tight-lipped about injuries, so don’t expect to hear anything from Jim Caldwell in his press conferences this week.
The same applies to the injuries to Ansah, Williams, Levy and Van Noy. At this point, we’ll just have to rely on leaked reports from outside sources, because the Lions will not say anything directly.
UPDATE: Dr. David Chao, former NFL team physician, blogged about all of the running back injuries from Sunday. Here’s what he had to say about Abdullah, based on video of the injury:
Ameeer [sic] Abdullah left with a foot injury after a nifty run with several hard cuts. The good news is, by video, there was no obvious injury mechanism on that final play. The bad news is one has to worry about potential fifth metatarsal stress fracture with all those hard cuts and no definitive misstep leading to his exit. X-rays were negative but that doesn’t preclude a stress fracture. Here is hoping it is not.
UPDATE 2: Rapoport believes Abdullah escaped with a foot sprain, which would be just about the best case scenario for Ameer:
The belief is #Lions RB Ameer Abdullah suffered a foot sprain on Sunday, source said. X-Rays negative. More tests coming to confirm.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 19, 2016
UPDATE 3: According to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, who had the scoop on Jon Bostic’s injury, is reporting that Abdullah is seeking a second opinion on his foot:
I'm told #Lions RB Ameer Abdullah is scheduled to visit Dr. Robert Anderson in North Carolina to evaluate his left foot injury Tuesday.— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) September 19, 2016