The Detroit Lions haven’t had the best injury luck this season. They’ve gotten a combined seven games out of Mike Daniels and Da’Shawn Hand. Half their defensive line missed all of training camp. Matthew Stafford has missed the last two games and will probably miss more. Kerryon Johnson only managed six games this year, and this team’s best defensive backs have all missed some time.
But things reached a new low against the Dallas Cowboys, when the Lions suffered at least five more injuries, including their best linemen on each side of the ball.
Though we’ll likely have to wait until later in the week to see what their injury statuses are for Sunday’s game against Washington, here’s what we know about the injuries suffered in Week 11.
Flowers originally left the game and went straight to the locker room. It’s unclear what that original ailment was, but he returned to the game later for a series or two. However, he was injured again and had to be escorted off the field by trainers.
After the game, head coach Matt Patricia confirmed that Trey Flowers is in concussion protocol. Again, it’s unclear if the first injury was brain related or not, so there’s a chance Flowers is dealing with multiple injuries right now.
In the fourth quarter, Ragnow had to be slowly escorted off the field, and he, too, is in concussion protocol according to Patricia.
“Frank is actually going to be evaluated right now for a concussion. The doctors were taking a look at him,” Patricia said after the game.
Walker was surprisingly active for this game, despite only practicing once since his Week 9 knee injury. He didn’t start the game and only played in some subpackages, but he ended up leaving the game after a second-quarter touchdown and did not return.
The official injury designation was a knee injury, bringing into question as to whether Walker re-injured himself. After the game, Patricia said the nature of his injury was still unclear at that point.
“I’m not exactly sure,” Patricia answered when asked if it was a new injury. “I don’t think it was a re-injury, but it was just all kind of symptomatic.”
Like Tracy Walker, Bawden entered the game questionable with a foot injury. The Lions fullback didn’t end up finishing the game, as he left with an official knee injury. It appears this is a new injury, but it’s always possible that one injury led to another.
After a pretty solid game from Agnew, he went down late with an ankle injury. It looked bad, but according to MLive’s Kyle Meinke, Agnew was in good spirits in the locker room (all things considered). He was, however, sporting “a wrap/brace on his right ankle.”
McKissic appeared to suffer an injury in the second half, leading to some playing time for Ty Johnson. However, McKissic did return and was in on the Lions’ final offensive possession. He was never given an official injury designation.
While Stafford was inactive for Sunday’s game against the Cowboys, we did get more news on his injury via NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Per Schefter, Stafford is dealing with a “six-week injury” but could return sooner than that. Rapoport notes that the injury is not the transverse fracture than many believed it to be, but rather, a non-displaced fracture in the upper thoracic spine.
What exactly does that mean? Well, it’s certainly worse than the original diagnosis of a transverse fracture.
“Clearly more complex than standard transverse process fractures. My original optimism for early return has waned.”