According to several reports from local media, Detroit Lions safety Miles Killebrew will not play this Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons due to a “personal issue.” Reporters were sure to clarify that Killebrew has not tested positive for COVID-19. This is something unrelated.
Killebrew’s absence won’t cause too much of a change for Detroit’s defense this week, as Killebrew has only taken snaps on special teams. However, Killebrew is a key player in that unit, playing in all four phases of special teams (kick and punt coverage, kick and punt returns). Through five games, Killebrew has five special teams tackles.
In Killebrew’s spot, we’ll likely see more of guys like Tony McRae and C.J. Moore. Detroit also has the option of activating a guy like Mike Ford from injured reserve. Ford returned to practice last week, and is eligible to take a spot on the 53-man roster, if ready. Detroit could also promote a player like Bobby Price or Jalen Elliott from the practice squad.
We’ll see if the Lions decide to do any roster tinkering, as they have until 4 p.m. ET to announce any last-minute moves.