Things went from bad to worse on Sunday as the Detroit Lions suffered a few key injuries during their disappointing loss to the Minnesota Vikings. For the majority of the game, the Lions had to compete without their No. 1 running back, their top coverage cornerback and their best run-stuffer.
While we don’t know the full extent of these injuries quite yet, here’s what we do know about their statuses going forward.
Slay left the game in the second quarter with a hamstring injury. At this point, it’s unclear whether it’s the same hamstring injury that caused Slay to miss Week 4’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
At first, Slay rode the exercise bike on the sidelines trying to test out the hamstring. However, after halftime, I did not see Slay re-emerge from the locker room. He did not speak to the media after the game, either.
Johnson left the game in the first quarter with what the Lions are calling a knee injury. He, too, tried to work out the injury on the exercise bike but did not return to the field.
It’s hard to tell exactly what happened on the play he was injured, but he clearly got up limping after Jesse James helped him to his feet:
While it doesn’t look that serious, Johnson was sporting a “hulking brace” on his right knee in the second half on the sidelines, according to the Detroit Free Press. This isn’t the first time Johnson has had a brace on his knee, however. At times during practice this month, he was wearing a brace on that same knee, but he did not show up on the injury report.
Here’s what Matt Patricia had to say about the injury after the game:
“We’ll see what that looks like tomorrow from that standpoint. I saw him as he was walking out, just asked him if he was all right as he was going home. So I’ll talk to him tomorrow.”
UPDATE: According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Johnson is expected to miss some time.
Damon Harrison Sr.
Snacks left the game with a groin injury and went straight to the locker room after being helped off the field. Despite getting an official injury designation and being labeled as questionable to return, Harrison did, in fact, return to the game after halftime.
He played all the way through the end of the game, so the injury does not appear to be all that serious, though it’s probably something to monitor this week as it could flare up after the game.
Davis left the game midway through the second quarter. He would only end up missing a few plays after trainers heavily taped his right ankle. That happens to be the same ankle that Davis injured in the preseason, which was reported to be a high-ankle sprain.
Those injuries tend to linger a long time, so chances are this is something Davis will just have to deal with for much of the season.