As if the Detroit Lions getting blown out wasn’t enough. As if the injury to Glover Quin didn’t ruin your Sunday. The Lions offensive line was completely decimated in Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints.
It started when right guard T.J. Lang was a surprise inactive after dealing with a back injury all week. But that was just the tip of the iceberg.
In the second half of Sunday’s game, the house of cards that was the Lions’ offense live crashed to the ground. First, right tackle Rick Wagner left the game with an ankle injury. He had the ankle taped up, went back into the game temporarily, came back out of the game shortly thereafter, but was forced back onto the field out of sheer necessity.
Next, it was Emmett Cleary, the man who replaced Lang. Cleary left the game with an undisclosed injury, leaving free agent pickup—and former Saint—Tim Lelito to take over right guard duties.
But the Lions offensive line injuries weren’t done yet. “Starting” left tackle Greg Robinson left the game later on the exact same drive and was carted off with an ankle injury. He is questionable to return. Briah Mihalik took his place on Stafford’s blindside.
It has been an utter disaster for the Lions in just about every way imaginable. Throw in an injury to Golden Tate (shoulder) and the Lions need this bye week more than ever.