Earlier in the day, we polled Detroit Lions fans to see if they thought the Lions could beat the Atlanta Falcons if Jarrad Davis is unable to play on Sunday. 60 percent of Lions fans said “yes.”
We’re now a day closer to that becoming a reality. Jarrad Davis did not practice for the second consecutive day on Thursday, as he continues to work his way through concussion protocol. At this point, it’s looking more and more likely the Lions will have to play without him.
Unfortunately, the news doesn’t get any better with the other Lions players on the injury report. Travis Swanson (ankle), Tavon Wilson (shoulder) and Dwayne Washington (quad) all sat out for the second consecutive day. If Swanson cannot go, the Lions will likely slide Graham Glasgow in at center, and play either Joe Dahl or Zac Kerin at left guard—although Dahl has been limited this week with a lower leg injury of his own.
The Falcons, too, had more of the same injuries. Vic Beasley Jr. and Courtney Upshaw were absent, as expected, considering they have already been declared out by Falcons head coach Dan Quinn.
Starting right tackle, Ryan Schraeder also missed practice while he goes through concussion protocol, but he did take a step in the right direction on Thursday:
Ryan Schraeder, Vic Bealsey and Courtney Upshaw all out again for practice today, Schraeder back in meetings today, still in protocol though— Kelsey Conway (@FalconsKelsey) September 21, 2017
Here are the team’s full injury reports for Thursday:
Lions injury report
LB Jarrad Davis (concussion) — Did not practice
S Tavon Wilson (shoulder) — Did not practice
C Travis Swanson (ankle) — Did not practice
RB Dwayne Washington (quad) — Did not practice
DE Ezekiel Ansah (ankle) — Limited practice
G Joe Dahl (lower leg) — Limited practice
Falcons injury report
LB Vic Beasley Jr. (hamstring) — Did not practice
DE Courtney Upshaw (ankle/knee) — Did not practice
T Ryan Schraeder (concussion) — Did not practice
RB Terron Ward (neck/shoulder) — Limited practice
RB Brian Hill (ankle) — Full practice