The Detroit Lions took the practice field Wednesday for the first time since their loss to the Carolina Panthers.
All eyes were on Matthew Stafford, who finished Sunday’s game with a bloodied hand and a tape job to both his ankle and thigh. During the individual portion of practice open to reporters, Stafford reportedly looked mostly normal with a slight hitch in his step, per Detroit Free Press’ Dave Birkett. Here’s a look:
Matthew Stafford throwing during the open portion of today's practice. #lions pic.twitter.com/FepqAcdhnS— Chris Burke (@ChrisBurkeNFL) October 11, 2017
(ESPN’s Michael Rothstein has a longer video here.)
Per multiple sources on the grounds, Stafford appeared to be wearing some sort of protection on his right leg under his pants. However, he continued to take the majority of reps ahead of Jake Rudock, suggesting Stafford is very likely to play against the New Orleans Saints this week.
The Lions also got both receiver Kenny Golladay and running back Dwayne Washington back at practice on Wednesday. Golladay has missed the past two games with a hamstring issue, while Washington suffered a quad injury back in Week 2 against the Giants. We’ll know more about how much they participated when the first injury report comes out later on Wednesday.
Only three Lions players sat out of Wednesday’s practice: Paul Worrilow, T.J. Lang and Ezekiel Ansah. Ansah and Lang have been getting regular days off while they continue to recover from long-standing injuries, while Worrilow has been out ever since suffering a knee injury on the first defensive play against the Vikings.