With Aaron Rodgers coming to town, the Detroit Lions could use all the help on the defensive front they can get. Keeping Rodgers in the pocket while also putting pressure will be key to make sure the Lions secondary can keep the Packers young receivers blanketed.
Unfortunately for Detroit, the Lions will, yet again, be without their player most capable of doing just that. Ezekiel Ansah has been declared out by the team and will not play against the Packers despite a full week of (limited) practice.
Ansah originally suffered a shoulder injury in the first half of the season opener and hasn’t seen the field since. His practice routine has been on and off. In the lead-up to Weeks 2 and 3, Ziggy practiced in a limited fashion all week. Then, oddly, last week, Ansah was out, possibly suffering a setback. This week he was back at it—padded and all—but apparently never got to a place where the medical staff was comfortable in him playing.
Joining him on the bench will be tight end Michael Roberts, who has been out since suffering an injury prior to Week 3’s game against the Patriots, and T.J. Lang, who was concussed during last week’s loss to the Cowboys.
The Lions also have a slew of players listed as questionable, including four guys in the secondary: Tavon Wilson (back), Quandre Diggs (hand), Nevin Lawson (illness) and Tracy Walker (ankle). Not exactly good news with Rodgers headed their way, but at least Lawson and Walker were full participants on Friday.
The Packers injury report has not been released yet, but head coach Mike McCarthy already notified media that wide receiver Randall Cobb will not play this week. The status of Geronimo Allison and Davante Adams’ statuses are still up in the air.
Lions injury report:
TE Michael Roberts (knee) - OUT
G T.J. Lang (concussion) - OUT
DE Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder) - OUT
LB Eli Harold (not injury related) - Questionable
CB Quandre Diggs (hand) - Questionable
S Tavon Wilson (back) - Questionable
DB Tracy Walker (ankle) - Questionable
DE Da’Shawn Hand (ankle) - Questionable
CB Nevin Lawson (illness) - Questionable
WR Marvin Jones Jr. (ankle) - Questionable
Packers injury report (not official yet):
WR Randall Cobb (hamstring) - OUT
WR Davante Adams (calf) - Questionable
WR Geronimo Allison (concussion/hamstring) - Questionable
CB Jaire Alexander (groin) - Questionable
CB Bashaud Breeland (hamstring) - Questionable
S Kentrell Brice (shoulder) - Questionable
G Justin McCray (shoulder) - Questionable
G Lucas Patrick (back) - Questionable
S Jermaine Whitehead (back) - Questionable