With only a couple more days to go until their big matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday, the Detroit Lions remain without a couple of key players at practice. For the second straight day, defensive tackle Mike Daniels and wide receiver Danny Amendola were not at practice, putting their availability this week in jeopardy.
For Daniels, his injury certainly seemed like the more serious of the two. Early in the Sunday’s game against the Eagles, he suffered a reported foot sprain that had him in a walking boot and crutches in the locker room.
Because Da’Shawn Hand is still very limited in practice, it seems likely that the Lions will promote a defensive tackle this week from the practice squad if Daniels can’t go. Earlier in the week, the Lions signed Ray Smith to the practice squad, and they also have John Atkins on the squad.
As for Amendola, his chest injury didn’t seem too alarming at the time. He told MLive that he just landed funny and should be okay. Obviously, though, it appears to be a little more than that now that he’s sat for two straight practices.
If he can’t go, it’s not clear how the Lions will respond. Last week, they signed speedy receiver Marvin Hall from the practice squad and he played in 11 snaps on offense last week. Detroit could also simply use more 12 personnel (one running back, two tight ends) without Amendola, opting to use T.J. Hockenson in more of a “slot” role.
Finally, Darius Slay remained quite limited during the open portion of practice. His hamstring injury suffered against the Eagles could make him a game-time decision this week, but we’ll see how he looks in Friday’s practice before jumping to any conclusions.