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Report: Detroit Lions CB Darius Slay clears concussion protocol, may play vs. Patriots

It’s looking more likely that the Lions will have their best corner Sunday night.

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As of Friday afternoon, Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay’s status was quite unclear. He was officially listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Patriots after suffering a concussion last week. Because he was a limited participant in Friday’s practice, it seemed unlikely he would pass through the entire concussion protocol before game day. However, after Friday’s practice he met with media—bright lights and all—which seemed to leave open the possibility that he could clear in time.

That’s exactly what has happened, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter:

So that means Slay is eligible to play against the Patriots on “Sunday Night Football,” but as Schefter notes that doesn’t mean he will play. The Lions could decide to give him another week’s rest to play it on the safe side, which would be completely understandable given the serious nature of concussions.

Of course, the Lions could certainly use his help on Sunday. When Tom Brady is in town, you’d love to have all hands on deck, and who knows what this Patriots offense will look like if Josh Gordon makes his New England debut?

If the Lions decide to hold Slay out, they did sign DeShawn Shead earlier in the week for depth purposes. We’ll have to wait until 90 minutes before kickoff (approximately 6:50 p.m. ET) to see if Slay is active or not.

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