The Detroit Lions continue to trend in the right direction when it comes to their health. On Thursday, another starter returned to practice after missing a game.
Cornerback Desmond Trufant, who suffered a hamstring injury in Week 1 against the Chicago Bears, returned to practice for the first time since his injury. Initially, head coach Matt Patricia said Trufant would not practice on Thursday, but it’s clear he made some progress before the team took the field.
Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press noted his level of participation during the portion of practice open to media (first 15 minutes or so):
Patricia said Desmond Trufant wasn’t gonna be doing much at practice today, but he was out there during individual doing backpedal and turn and PBU drills, working at a decent pace. No Hunter Bryant, though.— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) September 24, 2020
If Trufant is able to return this week, it could mean rooke cornerback Jeff Okudah would come off the bench. Okudah made his first NFL start last week, and showed some serious early struggles against the Packers.
The only other changes to the injury report on Thursday were tight end Hunter Bryant being downgraded from limited practice to no practice, and safety C.J. Moore was added to the injury report with a new calf injury.
Wide receiver Kenny Golladay and Halapoulivaati Vaitai both remain limited in practice, but both are trending towards playing in their first games of the year this week against the Cardinals.
Lions injury report: Thursday
TE Hunter Bryant (hamstring) - No practice
CB Desmond Trufant (hamstring) - Limited practice
WR Kenny Golladay (hamstring) - Limited practice
RT Halapoulivaati Vaitai (foot) - Limited practice
DT Nick Williams (shoulder) - Limited practice
S C.J. Moore (calf) - Limited practice
Cardinals injury report: Thursday
OL Mason Cole (hamstring) - No practice
WR Christian Kirk (groin) - No practice
DE Jordan Phillips (ankle) - Limited practice
WR Larry Fitzgerald (no injury) - Full practice
WR DeAndre Hopkins (no injury) - Full practice
CB Byron Murphy Jr. (shoulder) - Full practice
S Budda Baker (thumb) - Full practice