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Detroit Lions injury report: 4 starters—including Jarrad Davis—questionable vs. Cardinals

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The Lions’ injured starters may be closer to playing than originally thought.

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The Detroit Lions’ final injury report for Week 1 is more hopeful than not. Four potential starters are listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals, including Jarrad Davis, despite suffering what appeared (at the time) to be a serious ankle injury. Davis didn’t practice much during the week, but he was preparing to travel with the team Friday, a good sign that he is, at least, close to a return.

Also listed as questionable is cornerback Rashaan Melvin, who took one step closer to playing this week by participating more in Friday’s practice than in the previous two days. If he can’t go, the Lions will likely have to rely on either fifth-round rookie Amani Oruwariye or Mike Ford.

Elsewhere, both Frank Ragnow and Da’Shawn Hand were also listed with the questionable label, though their chances of playing are very different. Ragnow did not appear to be very limited in practice this week and was regularly repping with the first-team offense during the limited team drills we saw. Hand, on the other... hand, barely participated in any drills this week, suggesting he may still be a game or two away.

The best news is that Trey Flowers, despite being limited in practice earlier in the week, was not listed on the Lions’ injury report at all. That means he’ll make his Detroit Lions debut on Sunday against the Cardinals after missing the entire preseason due to offseason shoulder surgery.

UPDATE: The Cardinals have listed their injury report and starting right tackle Marcus Gilbert has been listed as OUT. Gilbert suffered an injury during the week of practice, but was considered one of Arizona’s best offseason additions after a rough year for the offensive line. Listed on Arizona’s depth chart behind Gilbert is Brett Toth, a rookie out of Army that was added via waivers earlier this week.

Lions Week 1 injury report:

LB Jarrad Davis (ankle) - Questionable
DT Da’Shawn Hand (elbow) - Questionable
CB Rashaan Melvin (knee) - Questionable
G Frank Ragnow (ankle) - Questionable

Cardinals Week 1 injury report:

OL Lamont Gaillard (knee) - Out
OT Marcus Gilbert (knee) - Out
LB Haason Reddick (knee) - Questionable
LB Zeke Turner (hand) - Questionable