It was expected, in part, that the bill the lonely butcher had produced would be paid quickly, but the impact of the ensuing display—only two active linebackers taking the field to practice on Wednesday—was still staggering. After an entire preseason where the team managed to stay healthy, the Lions are seriously depleted in the midfield after two weeks and are missing key players from other positions.
DeAndre Levy, marked out last Sunday with a quad injury, did not practice again on Wednesday; neither did Kyle Van Noy nor Antwione Williams, both of whom were injured against the Titans. This leaves only Tahir Whitehead and Thurston Armbrister to practice at linebacker on Wednesday (additionally, Steve Longa and Zaviar Gooden participated as part of the practice squad), barring a move by rookie Miles Killebrew or Brandon Copeland to linebacker. No word whether Williams or Van Noy’s injuries will be enough to affect Sunday’s roster against the Green Bay Packers.
Elsewhere, more defensive talent in Tyrunn Walker, Wallace Gilberry and Ezekiel Ansah sat for practice. On offense, Riley Reiff (ankle) and Eric Ebron (back) did not practice either.
For the Packers, cornerback Sam Shields remains out as he continues to go through concussion protocol. Clay Matthews is a new addition to the Packers injury report, as he is struggling through an ankle injury that kept him sidelined during Wednesday’s practice.
The full reports follow.
Detroit Lions injury report 9/21/16
LB DeAndre Levy (quad): No practice
LB Antwione Williams (hamstring): No practice
LB Kyle Van Noy (calf): No practice
OT Riley Reiff (ankle): No practice
DT Tyrunn Walker (calf): No practice
DE Ezekiel Ansah (ankle): No practice
DE Wallace Gilberry (abdomen): No practice
TE Eric Ebron (back): No practice
CB Adairius Barnes (ankle): Limited practice
TE Cole Wick (shoulder): Full practice
Green Bay Packers injury report 9/21/16
LB Clay Matthews (ankle/hamstring): No practice
CB Sam Shields (concussion): No practice
S Morgan Burnett (groin): No practice
DE Datone Jones (knee): No practice
DT Letroy Guion (knee): No practice
S Chris Banjo (hamstring): Full practice
LB Jay Elliott (hamstring): Full practice
CB Josh Hawkins (hamstring): Full practice
S Micah Hyde (ankle): Full practice
WR Jeff Janis (hand): Full practice