For those hoping for some kind of Friday miracle healing for the four Detroit Lions players that have missed all of this week’s practice, I have some bad news. None of those four players practiced on Friday, putting their availability seriously in doubt for Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.
Chief among the Lions’ concerns is rookie linebacker Jarrad Davis and his concussion. Davis was injured late in the game on Monday night, and although he was on the sidelines during Wednesday’s practice—in fact, according to Kyle Meinke, he’s been at practice every day this week—he is clearly still in concussion protocol. If Davis can’t go, the Lions are likely to shift over Tahir Whitehead to the middle, while using either former Falcon Paul Worrilow or rookie Jalen Reeves-Maybin to take over Whitehead’s spot at weakside linebacker.
The injury to Travis Swanson is also quite concerning. Swanson finished Monday’s game against the Giants, but has not practiced all week with an ankle injury. Graham Glasgow would take over center duties, while Joe Dahl may be the one to handle left guard. That’s not a great situation when the great Dontari Poe is coming to town.
Safety Tavon Wilson has also missed every practice this week. Miles Killebrew took his spot during Monday’s game and was seeing an increased role with the defense anyways. However, if Wilson can’t go, this could open up some playing time for Charles Washington or Don Carey on defense when the team goes into three-safety looks.
Finally, there’s Dwayne Washington. The third-string running back injured his quad early in Monday’s game and hasn’t been seen from since. According to the Detroit Free Press, Washington is expected to miss a few weeks, meaning the Lions will likely activate either Zach Zenner or Tion Green on game days. Zenner is the most likely candidate, as he has had some experience running the ball in short-yardage situations for Detroit.
Official injury designations (questionable, doubtful, out) should be announced around 4 p.m. ET. Come back then to see if any of these players have a shot at playing on Sunday.