The Detroit Lions finally got a bit of good injury news on Tuesday. According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, veteran cornerback Desmond Trufant “avoided a significant hamstring injury” and has a chance to play as early as this week against the Green Bay Packers.
Trufant was injured late in Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears when he came up limping following a non-contact play. His injury was just one of many to Detroit’s secondary. First-round pick Jeff Okudah did not play with a hamstring injury, and Justin Coleman suffered an injury during the Bears game that caused him to land on injured reserve on Tuesday.
As a result, the Lions fourth-quarter defense collapsed, allowing Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky to complete 8-of-10 passes for 89 yards and three touchdowns in the final stanza.
This week, the Lions will need as many hands on deck against the Packers. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense put up 364 passing yards and four touchdowns against a Vikings defense that was expected to be strong again this year.
While we still don’t know the status of Okudah, it looks like the Lions may be a bit more healthy than expected for Sunday. The first official injury report will come out Wednesday afternoon.