It hasn’t been just bad news for the Detroit Lions and injuries. Although they’ve sent Kerryon Johnson, Da’Shawn Hand, Ezekiel Ansah and Michael Roberts to injured reserve over the past week and a half, it appears they’ll actually be getting a few players back before the end of the season.
In addition to the activation of cornerback/punt returner Jamal Agnew from IR to the active roster, right tackle Rick Wagner and wide receiver Bruce Ellington returned to practice Wednesday after both missed an entire week of practice and Sunday’s game against the Bills.
Wagner’s participation is a sign that he’s working his way through concussion protocol. In fact, Wagner was listed as a full participant in Wednesday’s practice, so he definitely appears on track to play this week. Of course, that likely means that rookie tackle Tyrell Crosby will be back on the bench.
Ellington remains limited with a hamstring injury.
Of course, with the good comes more bad news. Damon Harrison Sr. did not practice on Wednesday due to an ankle injury. Harrison has been one of the Lions’ most dominant defenders all season, and almost solely responsible for Detroit’s run defense doing a complete 180 over the past two months. With the Vikings coming off a 220-yard rushing performance last week, the Lions could certainly use Harrison in the lineup this week.
Here’s a look at the full injury report:
DT Damon Harrison Sr. (ankle) - No practice
S Charles Washington (hamstring) - No practice
CB Jamal Agnew (knee) - Limited practice
FB Nick Bellore (ankle) - Limited practice
WR Bruce Ellington (hamstring) - Limited practice
WR Kenny Golladay (chest) - Limited practice
LB Devon Kennard (hip) - Limited practice
LS Don Muhlbach (calf) - Limited practice
QB Matthew Stafford (back) - Limited practice
CB Marcus Cooper Sr. (back) - Full practice
T Rick Wagner (concussion) - Full practice