It turns out the Detroit Lions’ defensive line will not be all together for the first time this season. On Friday, the Lions declared defensive tackle Da’Shawn Hand out for Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings.
Hand is dealing with a nagging ankle injury that held him out for three of the past four weeks. Hand played last week against the Bears and even practiced on Wednesday, but he appears to have suffered a setback and did not practice on Thursday or Friday.
Hand has now missed all but three games this season, and going back to last year, he has missed 13 out his past 16 games.
In addition, rookie defensive Austin Bryant is doubtful. Bryant recently was taken off injured reserve but is now dealing a hip injury that popped up during practice this week.
For the Vikings, wide receiver Adam Thielen is doubtful as he continues to recover from his hamstring injury. He did not practice all week. Additionally, left tackle Riley Reiff is questionable with a concussion. He did return to practice on Friday after missing the first two days, but it will may be challenging to work his way through concussion protocol before Sunday’s kickoff between the two teams.
Lions injury report
QB Matthew Stafford (hip/back) - OUT
DT Da’Shawn Hand (ankle) - OUT
DE Austin Bryant (hip) - Doubtful
CB Jamal Agnew (ankle) - Questionable
CB Rashaan Melvin (ribs) - Questionable
Vikings injury report
WR Adam Thielen (hamstring) - Doubtful
LT Riley Reiff (concussion) - Questionable