The Detroit Lions first injury report of the week saw a couple of surprising new names added to the list. Defensive end Trey Flowers sat Wednesday’s practice with a wrist injury, while wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. was also out with a knee injury.
Flowers has been one of the best defenders for the Lions, and is coming off a game in which he was the highest rated edge defender of Week 6 according to PFF. Head coach Matt Patricia even marveled at the job he did against the Jaguars.
“Trey is someone that shows up every single week and does stuff that you’re just like – it’s almost clinic-like, teaching,” Patricia said on Monday. “Phenomenal play on the edge.”
As for Jones, he’s been very quiet over the past two games, hauling in just three catches for 17 yards. Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said this week that Jones does get frustrated over the lack of catches, but both are harmoniously looking to bring more opportunities his way.
“Does he want the ball? Absolutely. Do we want him to have the ball in his hands? Absolutely. And we’re going to continue to look for ways and try to be creative to make sure that the ball goes to him,” Bevell said this week.
Additionally, the Lions were also missing starting center Frank Ragnow and cornerback Desmond Trufant, who are both battling lingering injuries.
Ragnow suffered a groin injury last week, but was able to play through it against the Jacksonville Jaguars and participate in every single snap. By the end of the game, he was visibly hurting, so there is a danger of aggravating the injury, or the Lions may simply be taking extra precaution to make sure he’ll be ready for Sunday’s game against the Falcons.
As for Trufant, while I’m sure he’d love to get a crack at his former team, this is now his fourth consecutive missed practice, as he’s been dealing with a hamstring issue since Week 1. He returned in Week 4 against the Saints, but left the game late with the same injury. In his place, the Lions have started youngsters Amani Oruwariye and Jeff Okudah.
Here’s a look at the full injury report from Wednesday:
DE Trey Flowers (wrist) - No practice
WR Marvin Jones Jr. (knee) - No practice
C Frank Ragnow (groin) - No practice
CB Desmond Trufant (hamstring) - No practice
WR Danny Amendola (foot) - Limited practice
G Joe Dahl (groin) - Full practice
For the Falcons, Julio Jones sat on Wednesday, as he continues to recover from his hamstring injury. Jones finally returned to play last week, and put up a monster eight-catch, 137-yard and two-touchdown performance.
Additionally, pass rusher Takkarist McKinley missed practice. McKinley missed last week as he continues to struggle through a groin injury suffered in Week 2.
Here’s Atlanta’s full injury report:
WR Julio Jones (hamstring) - No practice
DE Takkarist McKinley (groin) - No practice
DT Deadrin Senat (rest) - No practice
WR Brandon Powell (elbow) - Limited
WR Calvin Ridley (elbow) - Limited
CB Kendall Sheffield (foot) - Limited
S Jaylinn Hawkins (concussion) - Limited
DE Dante Fowler (ankle) - Limited
WR Russell Gage (shoulder) - Full practice