The Detroit Lions are nearing full health as they prepare for the Chicago Bears this week. During Wednesday’s practice they got two key contributors back in the lineup: guard T.J. Lang and rookie linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin.
Both players missed last week’s game against the Browns. Lang practiced for the first time since developing concussion symptoms during last Wednesday’s practice.
In Lang’s place, the Lions played recently activated tackle Corey Robinson at right guard. The patchwork offensive line had trouble handling Cleveland’s pass rush, allowing four sacks on the day.
It’s still unclear where Lang stands in the concussion protocol. Players are required to have a full padded practice before being cleared to play. We’ll see if he was a full participant in practice when the official injury report is released later on Wednesday afternoon. But for now, this is a good sign that Lang may be able to go. If he plays, the Lions will have all of their intended 2017 offensive line starters in the lineup for the first time all year.
Reeves-Maybin missed last week with an ankle injury. Veteran Paul Worrilow played in his place against the Browns and didn’t fare all too well. Reeves-Maybin hasn’t become a full-time contributor yet, but he has shown some promise in limited playing time.
Unfortunately, pass rusher Ezekiel Ansah remained out of practice on Wednesday. Ansah developed a new back injury and didn’t practice at all last week. Ansah has also been dealing with a knee injury that has resulted in a “questionable” designation for every game this season prior to last week’s “doubtful” listing. Without Ansah in the lineup, the Lions were still able to tally four total sacks against the Browns, but they ceded 201 rushing yards.
Additionally, Dwayne Washington was held out of practice. Washington suffered a hip injury in the fourth quarter of the Browns game and did not return. If Washington cannot go this week, there’s a good chance the Lions will turn to Zach Zenner or, possibly, get rookie Tion Green on the field for the first time in his career.