Things were looking bleak for the Detroit Lions offense this week after starting guard T.J. Lang and running back Ameer Abdullah popped up on the injury report with new issues. Both Lang (foot) and Abdullah (neck) missed Wednesday’s and Thursday’s practice, putting their availability seriously into question against the Baltimore Ravens this week.
But both Lang and Abdullah returned to practice on Friday, giving both a real shot to play on Sunday. This should come as welcome news to Lions fans, given how much Detroit has struggled the ball when fully healthy. The Ravens defense is also one of the best in the league, so any help to both protect Matthew Stafford and create running lanes is huge for Detroit.
Getting Lang back is especially big considering Travis Swanson missed his third straight practice and will almost certainly sit this week. Graham Glasgow would take over center duties, leaving an opening at left guard. That spot is likely to be taken over by Corey Robinson or Don Barclay. But as long as Lang can play, Detroit won’t have a completely revamped interior offensive line.
In addition to Swanson, punt and kick returner Jamal Agnew was out Friday and has now missed six straight practices since suffering an injury against the Bears.
Full injury designations will be given out later on Friday.