Not only was the Detroit Lions’ preseason opener a completely failure in terms of execution, but the team also suffered a lot of bad injury luck against the New England Patriots. Because there are no injury reports mandated by the league during the preseason, we don’t have a lot of the specifics.
However, there has been some injury news that has trickled in. Here’s a recap of everyone that appeared to suffer an injury on Thursday night and what we know about it right now.
The Lions’ wide receiver was carted off after being rolled up on in the first quarter. According to several sources, Kearse suffered a broken leg and according to ESPN, he also injured his ankle. It’s pretty safe to say that Kearse is likely headed for the injured reserve list.
Savage was sacked three times in 10 total plays, the last of which sent him to the locker room. Savage got up slowly after the hit, and many are speculating he may have suffered a concussion:
Tom Savage should NOT come back into this game.— René Bugner (Rainbowcave) (@RNBWCV) August 9, 2019
This looks like a concussion once again as he hits the turf hard! pic.twitter.com/nPkbfZlXUn
Savage immediately went into the locker room and did not come back. Head coach Matt Patricia did not provide an update on Savage’s condition and would not confirm if Savage suffered a concussion. But Patricia did seem to imply it was among the more serious injuries of the night.
We likely won’t know Savage’s condition until at least the next Lions practice this weekend.
The Lions defensive tackle went down with an leg injury in the first half. He needed help off the field, and he went back into the locker room. He did not return.
In the second half, Zenner came off the field following a special teams play and went into the trainer’s tent. It’s unclear what sort of injury Zenner was dealing with, but he returned to the sideline with his helmet on. Though he never returned to the game after that, it appeared he was cleared if the coaching staff had wanted to put him in.
At one point in the game, Wiggins got his leg taped. Like Zenner, he returned to the sideline with a helmet, so he was likely ready to go, if needed. It’s not uncommon for players to get their ankles taped mid-game and return to action.
Lions OL Tyrell Crosby is in concussion protocol. Not sure when it happened, but he said in the locker room after the game he wasn't allowed to talk.— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) August 9, 2019
At the very end of the game, the Lions pulled Crosby, and the Detroit Free Press is reporting that he is in concussion protocol. It’s unclear when or how it happened, but Crosby was playing well into the fourth quarter on Thursday night.