Detroit Lions defensive tackle Mike Daniels left Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles after only seven defensive snaps. The team quickly ruled him out for the rest of the game—usually an indication that it’s a somewhat serious injury.
But the Lions got some good news after the game, as NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported that x-rays did not reveal a fracture in his right foot. That being said, Daniels was in a walking boot and crutches in the locker room following the game.
Lions head coach Matt Patricia didn’t have an update on on Daniels’ —nor cornerback Darius Slay’s—condition on Monday afternoon.
However, Garafolo is now reporting that Daniels suffered a foot sprain and is still continuing to get multiple opinions from doctors, but the main point is that the injury doesn’t appear to be season-ending:
Mentioned on NFL Now on @nflnetwork a short while ago Lions DT Mike Daniels has a foot sprain, sources say. He’s getting multiple opinions but it doesn’t look to be anything that will threaten his season.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) September 23, 2019
That’s obviously good news for the long term, but Detroit may need to figure out things in the short term. They are already shorthanded at the defensive tackle position, with Da’Shawn Hand still nursing an elbow injury suffered in training camp. Hand has shown signs of progress, but it’s still unclear if he’s nearing a return now eight weeks removed from the injury.
If Hand isn’t ready to go this week and Daniels’ foot sprain is enough to keep him out a couple of week, expect the Lions to make a move sometime soon. One possible solution is to promote defensive tackle John Atkins from the practice squad.