Gameday is still three days away for the Detroit Lions, but it’s beginning to look like they’ll be without their third-round rookie receiver for the fifth-straight game. During Friday’s practice, Kenny Golladay was sidelined yet again. Golladay has now missed four straight practices after being listed as limited in the first practice out of the bye week.
Golladay suffered a hamstring injury at some point during or after Week 3’s game against the Falcons. In the first practice after that game, Golladay was listed as a limited participant in practice. However, he has mostly been out of practice since then.
It’s unknown whether Golladay has specifically suffered a setback or not, but he’s now returned to practice a couple times, only to be sidelined again shortly thereafter.
Head coach Jim Caldwell was asked on Friday how the injury has been affecting the rookie’s mentality, and to his credit, it appears Golladay is taking things in stride. “He’s got the right attitude,” Caldwell said. “He’s approaching it the right way.”
That being said, any time a player misses so much time, especially in their rookie season, it’s going to hurt their development, and Caldwell admitted as such. “You’re out for an extended period of time, it takes you a little bit to get back up to speed and it retards development,” Caldwell said.
So as the Lions offense continues to struggle in the red zone, it appears they’ll likely have to enter another contest without their big-bodied rookie receiver who caught two touchdowns in his first three games in the NFL.
In other injury news, Greg Robinson remained out of practice, while Don Carey returned after sitting out on Thursday.