As a light snow fell on the Detroit Lions’ practice field, the team was short four contributors during Wednesday’s practice.
Punter Sam Martin was noticeably absent, explaining the Lions’ recent signing of Matt Wile to the practice squad. Lions head coach Matt Patricia said that Martin was experiencing some abdomen soreness after the game and they’re holding him out for the time being.
Additionally, the Lions were without defensive tackle Da’Shawn Hand, safety Tracy Walker and guard Joe Dahl.
Dahl and Hand left Sunday’s game with injuries of their own. Hand did return later in the game, while Dahl could not. Hand just returned to the lineup a couple weeks ago after missing the first six games with an elbow injury. As for Dahl’s injury, it could leave Detroit shorthanded on the offensive line, as Graham Glasgow missed Sunday’s game with a back injury. However, Glasgow was back at practice on Wednesday.
Finally, there’s Tracy Walker, who has been out since suffering a knee injury against the New York Giants. Last week, Patricia called his injury status day-to-day, but Walker has yet to practice, and it’s unclear when he is expected to return.