The Detroit Lions came into Sunday’s game with a big positional advantage over the Arizona Cardinals. Arizona’s offensive line starting three rookies, with their entire front five being of the backup variety. The Lions defensive line, on the other hand, was firing on all cylinders.
However, the dynamic of that matchup changed almost immediately. Both defensive tackle Da’Shawn Hand and defensive end Ezekiel Ansah suffered first-quarter injuries and they both looked pretty serious.
Hand was forced to leave the game after it appeared he got rolled up on by teammate A’Shawn Robinson. Hand hobbled off and was later carted off the field, according to several beat writers on scene.
Ansah was injured a couple plays later. He was down on the field for quite some time and looked to be in considerable pain. He, too, was carted off minutes after Hand was sent to the locker room.
For Ansah, you have to wonder—if this is as serious of an injury as it looks—could that have been his final game as a Detroit Lion? The veteran defensive end was given the franchise tag this year, but he hasn’t been able to shake the injury bug, and it’s hard to trust someone who can’t get on the field consistently.
Hopefully for Hand, this isn’t too serious of an injury. The rookie was showing serious promise, and he could use all the reps he can get.
We’ll provide updates as the team gives us any information.
UPDATE: Ezekiel Ansah is OUT with a shoulder injury. It’s not clear if it’s the same shoulder that Ansah injured in Week 1.
Da’Shawn Hand is questionable to return with a knee injury.