The Detroit Lions didn’t only lose a heartbreaker on Sunday to the Dallas Cowboys, they also lost a few key contributors on both sides of the ball. We know that starting right guard T.J. Lang suffered a scary-looking concussion—at least the fifth of his career. We also know that safety Tavon Wilson left the game early and never came back, playing just four total snaps on Sunday.
And now we know more about one of the Lions’ best defensive backs on the team, Quandre Diggs, who left the game with a hand injury. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Diggs suffered a broken hand against the Cowboys:
#Lions S Quandre Diggs who left Sunday’s loss to the #Cowboys early with an injury, suffered a fractured bone in his hand, source said. It’s not clear how much time he’ll miss.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 2, 2018
Obviously, there’s a lot more questions than answers here. Oftentimes, a player will continue to play through a broken hand, with a “club” cast over the injury. But if it’s a serious enough fracture, the team may want Diggs to let it recover. Detroit’s bye week is just a week away, so it makes some sense to simply miss one game and reevaluate after the week of rest to get healthy for the Dolphins game in Week 7.
It’s unfortunate news for Diggs, who just signed a three-year, $20.4 million extension a month ago. Though he hasn’t been at his best as Detroit’s swing nickel cornerback/strong safety, he’s one of the stronger defenders in the Lions’ secondary. Considering all of Detroit’s current issues on defense, it’s a definite blow to the team.
If Diggs misses any considerable time, expect more play out of guys like third-round pick Tracy Walker—who has looked good in a limited amount of snaps—and Jamal Agnew, who has taken on a much bigger role on defense already this season.