Monday night wasn’t just a disaster in terms of performance on the field for the Detroit Lions. They also dealt with injuries to some key players. Matthew Stafford, Ezekiel Ansah, T.J. Lang and Darius Slay all missed time against the New York Jets.
While we won’t know the full status of any of these players until the first injury report of the week (expected Wednesday), here’s what we know about each of their statuses as of Monday night.
Stafford suffered two injuries. First, his leg got stepped on by Taylor Decker, leaving him with very limited mobility for a single drive. However, he didn’t miss any time because of the injury and he looked much more comfortable on his leg as the game went on.
But not much later, Stafford took a brutal hit simultaneously low and to his midsection. Stafford stayed down for some time after the play, and ended up missing a couple plays.
Stafford would end up coming back in, but was pulled when the game was well out of hand.
Where things stand now: It looks like Stafford is relatively fine. He’s not expected to miss any time, and he told reporters after the game, “I’ll be okay.”
UPDATE: Stafford gave more details on the radio Tuesday, and it seems like he’ll be just fine:
Stafford talking his injuries with Albom, said the knee injury scared him because of how many serious injuries happen that way, but it was just hyper-extended. As for the second injury, when he was sandwiched by two Jets, he just had the wind knocked out of him.— Justin Rogers (@Justin_Rogers) September 11, 2018
After just 19 defensive snaps, Ansah left the game with a shoulder injury. He went into the locker room, and it didn’t appear he ever returned to the field. Though he was first listed as questionable to return with the shoulder injury, he was eventually downgraded to out.
Where things stand now: After the game, head coach Matt Patricia could not give an update on Ansah’s condition.
“We’ve got to go in there and take a look at it and see what’s going on,” Patricia said.
We’ll hopefully know more early this week.
If you skipped out on the game early, you probably didn’t even know T.J. Lang suffered an injury. He missed just one offensive snap for the game (the final kneel down), but the team officially announced that he was questionable to return with a back injury.
Where things stand now: We don’t know, but this is obviously a very concerning injury. Not only did Lang miss the entire preseason, but he also missed time last season with a back injury. There’s no word on whether this is the same kind of back injury, but for a player that has struggled with staying healthy since landing in Detroit, this isn’t a great start to the season.
Slay took a friendly-fire hit to the head when Ansah landed on him in the first quarter of the game. Though it looked bad at the time, the team evaluated him for a concussion, and he was cleared. He was in for the very next defensive drive.
Where things stand now: Head injuries are always tricky, and we’ve seen symptoms show up hours or even days after a player suffers a concussion, so Slay isn’t necessarily clear from the injury. However, he sent out an optimistic tweet after the game:
Thank ya lion fans..., I’m good— Darius Slay (@_bigplayslay23) September 11, 2018