The Detroit Lions may be getting their full starting offensive line back together this week. Wednesday’s injury report indicated that starting guard T.J. Lang, who missed last week’s game with a back injury, was a limited participant on Wednesday. This is a good sign that Lang will be good to go for “Sunday Night Football” against the New England Patriots, because last week he missed every practice. However, nothing is for certain due to his limited designation.
If he isn’t able to go, Kenny Wiggins is expected to take his place. Wiggins started last week against the 49ers and actually ended up as one of the highest rated players in a Lions uniform on Sunday, per Pro Football Focus:
The Week 2 Grades have now been finalized...— PFF DET Lions (@PFF_Lions) September 18, 2018
Here are the Top Graded Lions Offensive Players from Week 2 (min 10 snaps)
1. WR - Kenny Golladay, 77.2
2. T- Ricky Wagner, 74.9
3. RB - LeGarrette Blount, 73.8
4. QB - Matthew Stafford, 69.4
5. G - Kenny Wiggins, 67.1
Ezekiel Ansah, who also missed last week’s game, was also limited on Wednesday. Last week, Ansah had the same “limited” designation for all three practices, so his status for Sunday remains very much in the air.
As expected, Darius Slay missed all of Wednesday’s practice as he makes his way through concussion protocol.
But the Lions aren’t the only team banged up on defense. The Patriots were missing two starters at practice on Wednesday. Defensive end Trey Flowers and safety Patrick Chung sat out, as both suffered concussions in Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Of course, all eyes at Patriots practice were on newly-added receiver Josh Gordon, who ESPN’s Adam Schefter said was healthy enough to play this week, if New England wants him out there immediately. However, he was on the injury report Wednesday as limited with a hamstring issue.
Here are the full injury reports from Wednesday.
Lions injury report:
CB Darius Slay (concussion) - No practice
OT Andrew Donnal (knee) - No practice
DE Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder) - Limited practice
G T.J. Lang (back) - Limited practice
CB Jamal Agnew (shoulder) - Limited practice
Patriots injury report
DE Trey Flowers (concussion) - No practice
S Patrick Chung (concussion) - No practice
T Marcus Cannon (calf) - Limited practice
CB Keion Crossen (hamstring) - Limited practice
S Nate Ebner (hip) - Limited practice
WR Josh Gordon (hamstring) - Limited practice
CB Eric Rowe (groin) - Limited practice
RB Sony Michel (knee) - Full practice
DE Deatrich Wise (finger) - Full practice