Earlier in the week, the Detroit Lions placed six players on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list and three on the non-football injury (NFI) list. On Saturday, they added four more injuries to those lists while taking two players off.
Let’s start with the good news: Cyrus Kouandjio and Teez Tabor have been taken off the NFI list. Kouandjio has been recovering from hip surgery in January, but because the Lions signed him in June, he was expected to be back soon, anyways. Tabor has been battling a hamstring issue that had him limited in practice back in minicamp.
While it appears the Lions will be getting one left tackle candidate back in Kouandjio, they will likely start without another. Greg Robinson, who the Lions traded for just a month ago, has been placed on the NFI list. The Lions did not specify what the injury was or how severe it is, but with practices starting on Sunday, it appears Robinson will not be ready on time.
Elsewhere along the offensive line, guard Brandon Thomas has been placed on the PUP with an undisclosed injury.
But where the Lions are hurting the most is at defensive end. With Armonty Bryant and Jeremiah Valoaga already on the PUP list, Detroit added two more ends to their injury list. The Lions placed Ezekiel Ansah on the PUP list and Cornelius Washington on the NFI list.
Much like Robinson, the Lions did not provide any details on the injuries to Ansah or Washington. For what it’s worth, Ansah was seen on Saturday walking into training camp without a limp or any visible casts or splints.
Last year, Ansah suffered a high ankle sprain that caused him to miss three games. High ankle sprains tend to linger, but Ansah did not appear to be very limited during OTAs, nor did he in minicamp earlier this offseason.
For now, here’s how the Lions two injury lists stand going into Sunday:
- DE Armonty Bryant
- DE Jeremiah Valoaga
- DE Ezekiel Ansah
- S Don Carey
- S Rolan Milligan
- T Taylor Decker
- T Corey Robinson
- G Brandon Thomas
- DE Cornelius Washington
- T Greg Robinson
- P Sam Martin