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Detroit Lions injury updates: What we know about Darius Slay, Mike Daniels

An update on the statuses of some key Lions defenders.

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The Detroit Lions capped off their road victory over the Philadelphia Eagles with some late-game heroics from their defense. More spectacularly, the Lions managed to force two straight four-and-outs from Carson Wentz and the Eagles without two of their most talented defenders. Star cornerback Darius Slay left in the third quarter and did not return. While key pass rusher Mike Daniels left after the second defensive series of the game.

Here’s what we know about each of them as of Monday morning.

Mike Daniels

Daniels suffered a foot injury, and it appears it’s somewhat serious. In the locker room, a few media members caught Daniels in a walking boot and crutches. That’s obviously never a good sign.

However, there is some positive news. According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, x-rays were negative for Daniels.

Here’s a little more good news. This injury is not related to the foot injury that ended his 2018 season and necessitated offseason surgery. That injury was to his left foot. This one is very clearly to his right foot.

Darius Slay

Slay was officially listed with a hamstring injury when the team announced it midway through the game. His status is currently unclear, but he spoke briefly with reporters after the game.

Unfortunately, that’s pretty much all the information we’ve got to go on, as head coach Matt Patricia did not have an immediate updates after the game.

Obviously missing Slay would be a huge blow to this defense with the Chiefs coming to town this week, but Mike Ford did play fairly well in his absence.


The Lions had a couple other injuries during Sunday’s game, but none of them appear to be too serious.

Danny Amendola - Amendola was a little banged up after making a heroic third-down catch late in the game. He told MLive that he landed funny and should be okay.

Jarrad Davis - Davis left the game temporarily to get his ankle retaped. This was Davis’ first game since suffering that ankle injury in the third game of the preseason. Davis returned with no issue.

Jesse James - After a second-down conversion in the third quarter, James limped off the field. His status is unclear.