After a day off, the Detroit Lions returned to practice on Friday in preparation for their season opener against the New York Jets. The team entered Friday with nobody on their injury report, but one noticeable player was absent from the day’s practice.
Lions defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois did not participate due to an illness. Francois has been one of the most consistently good players for the Lions this preseason and even earned himself a promotion to starter on the team’s unofficial depth chart—all despite having been added to the roster just days before the start of training camp.
Obviously, it’s hard to know the severity of an illness or when Francois may feel good enough to play, but with an extra day before Monday night’s season opener, there’s certainly a good shot Francois will be able to give it a go against the Jets.
Thankfully, the Lions’ injury report is otherwise bare. No other player on the roster—aside from Andrew Donnal—was even listed as limited, including starting right guard T.J. Lang, who missed all of the preseason.
The Jets, on the other hand, enter Week 1 with a lengthy injury report. Here is their injury list from Thursday. We’ll update this post as their Friday injury report comes out:
Jets (Friday) injury report:
LB Josh Martin (concussion) - No practice
S Marcus Maye (foot) - No practice
WR Jermaine Kearse (abdomen) - Limited practice
LB Jeremiah Attaochu (calf) - Limited practice
LB Avery Williamson (hamstring) - Limited practice
T Kelvin Beachum (foot) - Full practice
WR Quincy Enunwa (thumb) - Full practice
C Spencer Long (knee) - Full practice
DL Steve McLendon (knee) - Full practice
WR Terrelle Pryor (ankle) - Full practice
CB Buster Skrine (hand) - Full practice
G Brian Winters (back) - Full practice
Obviously, the biggest name here is Jermaine Kearse, the Jets’ No. 2 receiver. Kearse reportedly underwent a medical procedure recently, and the team is concerned he will miss the opener. Although head coach Todd Bowles was very non-committal when asked about his status.
Kearse appears to be trending in the right direction and was caught throwing the ball around during Friday’s practice:
Lions Friday injury report
DT Ricky Jean Francois (illness) - No practice
OL Andrew Donnal (knee) - Limited practice