The statuses of two main players on the Detroit Lions offense may be in doubt for Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears. Both starting right tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai and start wide receiver Kenny Golladay did not practice on Thursday.
After being listed as “limited” on Wednesday, Golladay was officially a non-participant for Thursday’s practice. According to the Lions’ pool reporter—The Athletic’s Chris Burke—the Lions wide receiver was out there at practice, but not going through any drills. It’s worth noting, too, that the Lions were not in full pads today.
Head coach Matt Patricia did seem to downplay the injury a bit prior to Thursday’s practice:
“It was just something that happened yesterday, and we were just trying to make sure we did a good job of taking a look at it,” Patricia said. “Coming off a couple of days off, obviously, practiced a little bit on Sunday. Saturday was Saturday, Monday, didn’t do much, Tuesday (didn’t practice). So, guys are a little bit tight, guys are a little bit sore.”
As for Vaitai, he’s been battling a foot injury all week. Obviously, the Lions are trying to take as much as precaution as possible early in the season, but he, too, was downgraded from limited to out, and that is never a good sign. Backup swing tackle Tyrell Crosby could give it a go on Sunday.
And if that wasn’t enough bad news for you, rookie cornerback Jeff Okudah joined the crowded injury list on Thursday with a hamstring injury. He’s officially listed as limited.
Lions injury report - Thursday
TE Hunter Bryant (hamstring) - No practice
S C.J. Moore (hamstring) - No practice
RT Halapoulivaati Vaitai (foot) - No practice
WR Kenny Golladay (hamstring) - No practice
WR Danny Amendola (hamstring) - Limited
DT Da’Shawn Hand (groin) - Limited
CB Jeff Okudah (hamstring) - Limited
DE Julian Okwara (knee) - Limited
CB Darryl Roberts (groin) - Limited
RB D’Andre Swift (hip) - Limited
The Bears injury report came with good and bad news for Chicago. On one hand, starting running back David Montgomery was upgraded to a full participant. On the other hand, outside linebacker Robert Quinn missed his second consecutive day. Here’s their full report:
Bears injury report - Thursday
LB Robert Quinn (ankle) - No practice
LB Khalil Mack (knee) - Limited
RB David Montgomery (groin) - Full
WR Cordarrelle Patterson (knee) - Full
OL Jason Spriggs (knee) - Full
WR Javon Wims (achilles) - Full
OL Germain Ifedi (tricep) - Full
DB Buster Skrine (finger) - Full