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Report: Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay expected to make 2020 debut vs. Cardinals

He’s back!

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It appears the Detroit Lions will have their All Pro receiver ready to go for Sunday afternoon’s game against the Arizona Cardinals. After a week of limited practice and being listed as questionable on Friday, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that Kenny Golladay “is set to make his 2020 debut” against the Cardinals.

Golladay suffered a hamstring during the first week of regular season practices and has not played since. This week, the Lions receiver noted that he was taking things a little slower than normal to make sure his injury didn’t turn into a long-term issue:

“It’s still a lot of football left. Me missing a couple of games to try to be back hopefully for Week 3. That’s better than me missing six games, Golladay said.

Golladay did admit the hamstring was not 100 percent yet, but apparently he feels good enough to make his debut on Sunday.

And that’s great news for a Lions team that could use an additional deep threat to throw downfield more often and draw coverage away from other receivers. The Lions don’t have a pass play longer than 36 yards through two games, and Matthew Stafford’s average intended air yards (IAY) has decreased from 10.7 last year (first) to just 9.1 this year (11th). The Lions’ second-best receiver, Marvin Jones Jr., has just eight catches for 78 yards through two games, with his longest catch being just 21 yards.

Meanwhile, Arizona safety Budda Baker, listed as questionable for Sunday, will play today for the Cardinals, according to Rapoport.