The Detroit Lions are limping to the finish line both literally and figuratively. With a 5-8 record, their hopes for the postseason are all but gone. And, unfortunately, they may have to play these final three games significantly shorthanded, as well.
Seven players missed Wednesday’s practice completely, while another three were limited, as the team prepares to travel to Tennessee for a bout with the Titans. Chief among those injuries, obviously, is quarterback Matthew Stafford. He did not practice due to a rib injury, but both Stafford and head coach Darrell Bevell provided some hope that he could play on Sunday.
“I’m not counting myself out,” Stafford said in his media session on Wednesday. The fact that he even met with the media is somewhat promising.
However, the outlook isn’t as promising for some other players, including wide receiver Kenny Golladay and starting center Frank Ragnow. Golladay continues to be held out of practice with a hip injury, while Ragnow is dealing with a fractured throat.
And, of course, it wouldn’t be a Lions injury report without a new cornerback injury. Darryl Roberts did not practice due to a hip injury that was suffered against the Packers. Roberts left the game early, and backup Mike Ford took his place in the lineup.
Here’s a look at the entirety of Detroit’s injury report for Wednesday:
FB Jason Cabinda (illness) - No practice
OT Tyrell Crosby (ankle) - No practice
WR Kenny Golladay (hip) - No practice
DT Da’Shawn Hand (ankle) - No practice
C Frank Ragnow (throat) - No practice
CB Darryl Roberts (hip) - No practice
QB Matthew Stafford (rib/thumb) - No practice
DT John Penisini (shoulder) - Limited
RB Adrian Peterson (forearm) - Limited
S Tracy Walker (shoulder) - Limited
DE Austin Bryant (thigh) - Full
S C.J. Moore (ankle) - Full