It hasn’t been a very welcoming rookie season for cornerback Jeff Okudah. The Detroit Lions defensive back will miss his third game this season due to an injury. This week, he’s dealing with a shoulder injury suffered in Week 11 against the Carolina Panthers.
Even when on the field, Okudah—taken third overall in the 2020 NFL Draft—hasn’t lived up to expectations. Sure, the rookie was expected to struggle early on—almost all rookie cornerbacks do. But Okudah currently ranks 122 out of 132 qualifying cornerbacks according to PFF grade.
His absence will leave the Lions with just three healthy cornerbacks currently on the roster: Amani Oruwariye, Justin Coleman and Mike Ford. The Lions will almost certainly make a move this weekend to help shore up the position, whether that means activating Darryl Roberts from injured reserve or bringing up Dee Virgin from the practice squad.
Additionally, the Lions will be missing Kenny Golladay for the fifth straight game, as the star receiver did not practice all week and has been declared out. Golladay, who will be a free agent in 2021, could be playing his last games in Detroit, if he ever gets back on the field. For what it’s worth, interim head coach Darrell Bevell seemed pleased with his progress on Friday.
“Improving every day. (I) like what he’s doing. We’ll see how it goes.”
Meanwhile, rookie running back D’Andre Swift is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears. Swift did not practice for the second consecutive day with an illness, but he is completely through the concussion protocol. However, Bevell suggested that even if Swift is able to get over his current illness—which is not COVID-19 related—he is likely to have a limited role this week.
Here’s a look at the entire injury report for Friday:
WR Kenny Golladay (hip) - Out
DT Da’Shawn Hand (groin) - Out
CB Jeff Okudah (shoulder/groin) - Out
DE Austin Bryant (thigh) - Questionable
QB Matthew Stafford (thumb) - Questionable
RB D’Andre Swift (illness) - Questionable
S Tracy Walker (not injury related) - Questionable
As for the Chicago Bears, they have a few notable names on their injury report. Akiem Hicks missed last week’s game, but the defensive tackle appears to be trending in the right direction and is listed as questionable. Star edge defender Khalil Mack is also questionable after missing the first two days of practice this week. However, head coach Matt Nagy suggested it was all precautionary and seems confident he’ll play this week.
One name to keep an eye on is wide receiver Allen Robinson. Robinson appeared on the injury report for the first time on Friday with a knee injury. Mid-week injuries are typically pretty tough and Nagy would not commit to his status during Friday’s press conference.
Here’s their full injury report:
QB Nick Foles (hip) - Questionable
DT Akiem Hicks (hamstring) - Questionable
OL Germain Ifedi (calf) - Questionable
OL Charles Leno Jr. (toe) - Questionable
LB Khalil Mack (back) - Questionable
WR Darnell Mooney (knee) - Questionable
WR Allen Robinson (knee) - Questionable
LB James Vaughters (knee) - Questionable
LB Josh Woods (foot) - Questionable