The Detroit Lions didn’t just lose Sunday’s pivotal game against the Indianapolis Colts, they also lost the services of one of their best players on offense. Wide receiver Kenny Golladay left the game with a hip injury and did not end up returning in the second half.
While the team has yet to provide any sort of substantive update, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network provided some context to his injury on Monday afternoon.
“Kenny Golladay is expected to be out this week and will be considered week-to-week going forward with a hip injury sustained yesterday, sources say,” Rapoport tweeted. “He’ll have more tests, but that is where it stands now.”
In a later tweet, Rapoport even suggested that Golladay could be a candidate to land on the short-term injured reserve list, which would sideline the Lions receiver for at least three games.
Despite missing the first two weeks of the season, Golladay is the team’s leading receiver through seven games with 20 catches and 338 yards. His status with the team beyond 2020 remains a mystery, as the Lions have not signed him to a contract extension beyond his rookie deal, which expires at the end of this season.
If Golladay can’t go this week against the Vikings and beyond, Detroit will likely rely more upon Marvin Hall and rookie receiver Quintez Cephus. Hall racked up 113 yards against the Colts on Sunday after Golladay left with his injury. Meanwhile, Cephus started in Golladay’s place for Week 1, catching three passes on 10 targets in his NFL debut.
We’ll see if head coach Matt Patricia has any update about Golladay—or any of the Lions’ other players who were injured on Sunday (Trey Flowers, Jamal Agnew)—later on Monday afternoon.