The Detroit Lions were a little beat up following their 20-10 victory over the Chicago Bears. Receiver TJ Jones left the game late due to a shoulder injury and looked to be in considerable pain. Additionally, T.J. Lang (foot) and Theo Riddick (wrist) suffered injuries earlier in the game and did not return.
While Lions head coach Jim Caldwell did not give any direct updates on any of their situations, he did very subtly suggest that a few of those injuries may be very serious. Because Caldwell isn’t very clear with his language, here is the exact transcript of both the question and his brief answer:
Reporter: “Is there anything on the injury front with TJ (Jones), Theo (Riddick) that would go beyond checking Wednesday’s report? Anything more serious?”
Caldwell: You’ll have to check the report to get a sense of it, but there may be one or two here or there.”
It’s those last few words that seems a bit worrisome. We’re at the point of the season in which any serious injury lasting more than a month will probably land a player on injured reserve.
It’s hard to know which, if any, of these injuries could be the most serious. Riddick’s injury is concerning because he had surgery on both wrists a year ago. Lang has been dealing with this foot injury for a few weeks now and it’s certainly possible the pain is just too much. As for Jones, he did appear to be in considerable pain after landing awkwardly on his side.
We’ll see if the Lions make any transactions in the next couple days, but otherwise, we won’t know more about any of Detroit’s injuries until Wednesday’s report.