Detroit Lions defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand just can’t seem to get over his arm injury that’s kept him out of the first two games of the season. This week Hand was a limited in practice and was even seen in an arm brace during Thursday’s practice—although he was back to a sleeve on Friday.
The belief was that he was probably a ways off and was likely not going to play in Sunday’s game in Philadelphia. On Saturday, the Lions confirmed those suspicions when they officially downgraded Hand to OUT for this week’s game against the Eagles.
#Lions DL Da’Shawn Hand (elbow) has been downgraded to OUT for Sunday’s game at Philadelphia.— Detroit Lions (@Lions) September 21, 2019
It has now been nearly eight weeks since Hand injured his elbow at training camp. It’s hard to tell exactly when he may return to the game, but he has seen a small uptick in his participation during the open portion of practice. The Lions could certainly use his talent as soon as possible, as Hand provides a steady pass rush that the Lions have lacked through two weeks.