For the last few weeks, it has been the same usual suspects on the injury report, but on Friday the Detroit Lions dropped a name that fans won’t like to see.
Darius Slay is questionable for the team’s Week 9 contest against the Minnesota Vikings with a knee injury that popped up on Friday’s injury report. Slay was limited in practice but appeared to be in good spirits in the locker room after the session.
The Lions can’t afford to be without Slay this week, as Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen present an incredible challenge for this Lions defense, which has allowed the second-highest passer rating in the league. However, Diggs may not be playing this week, either. The Vikings receiver did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday and is listed as questionable. Thursday, Diggs said he was planning on playing, but a Vikings player let this slip on Friday:
Aldrick Robinson said "with Stefon out, a lot of guys are going to play more. Me, Tread and Zylstra -- all of us are going to play more." #Vikings holding out hope Stefon Diggs (rib, questionable) can play, but they've prepared to go without him.— Andrew Krammer (@Andrew_Krammer) November 2, 2018
In addition to Slay, linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin is doubtful to play after suffering a late neck/toe injury last week against the Seahawks.
In good news, Theo Riddick is completely off the injury report, and was a full participant in practice ever since suffering his knee injury. He’s expected to play for the first time out of the bye week. Christian Jones and Taylor Decker were also full participants and should play.
Injury staples Ezekiel Ansah and T.J. Lang are both questionable.
On the Vikings side, starters Anthony Barr and left guard Tom Compton have been ruled out, while a slew of players are questionable. Below are the full injury reports:
Lions Week 9 injury report:
DE Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder) - Questionable
G T.J. Lang (hip) - Questionable
CB Darius Slay (knee) - Questionable
LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin (neck/toe) - Doubtful
Vikings Week 9 injury report:
LB Anthony Barr (hamstring) - OUT
G Tom Compton (knee) - OUT
RB Roc Thomas (hamstring) - OUT
WR Stefon Diggs (rib) - Questionable
CB Xavier Rhodes (foot) - Questionable
S Andrew Sendejo (groin) - Questionable
RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) - Questionable
T Riley Reiff (foot) - Questionable