The Detroit Lions are beat up, and they’re beat up at some important positions. Before the season began, the Lions were already down potentially three starters: right tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai, wide receiver Kenny Golladay and rookie cornerback Jeff Okudah.
Then Sunday happen and a bad situation turned even worse. Starting cornerbacks Desmond Trufant and Justin Coleman both went down with hamstring injuries, leaving Detroit in a perilous situation at cornerback. Detroit got a good news, bad news situation, as Coleman was placed on IR, but a late report on Tuesday suggests the Lions could get Trufant back as early as this week.
The Lions need all hands on deck this Sunday, because the Green Bay Packers are riding high after a dominant divisional road win over the Minnesota Vikings. However, chances are all of the players currently on the injured list aren’t going to be ready for the game.
So today’s Question of the Day is:
Which injured Lions player does the team need back the most vs. the Packers?
My answer: First, let’s look at the candidates. Here are the players that either missed Week 1 or was injured during Sunday’s game:
- Halapoulivaati Vaitai
- Kenny Golladay
- Hunter Bryant
- Jeff Okudah
- C.J. Moore
- Justin Coleman
- Desmond Trufant
Of those seven players, I think Desmond Trufant or Jeff Okudah is the most important player for the Lions. The Packers’ passing attack was lethal against a suspect Vikings secondary, and you just know that Aaron Rodgers will be looking to exploit the weak link in Detroit’s cornerback room.
For that reason, I think Trufant may be the best player to bring aboard. While he struggled against Chicago, he’s a veteran that won’t be susceptible to any of Rodgers’ tricks. Whereas a guy like Okudah, defending Davante Adams with Rodgers at quarterback may be literally the toughest draw for a rookie in his first game. On the other hand, Rodgers won’t have a read on Okudah yet, so there’s a chance the rookie corner would have a slight edge.
Still, give me the veteran cornerback. Last Sunday, Aaron Rodgers consistently picked on Vikings rookie cornerback Cameron Dantzler, and according to PFF, he allowed seven catches on seven targets for 81 yards and a touchdown. I’d hate to see Okudah’s debut go similarly.