The Detroit Lions have declared their injury designations for the Week 4 matchup with the Chicago Bears, and for the second week in a row, veteran EDGE rusher Trey Flowers is ruled out. The Lions have three other players listed as questionable, but all are expected to play their normal allotment of snaps.
Let’s take a look at Friday’s practice report.
- EDGE Trey Flowers (shoulder/knee)
“We were hopeful (Flowers would be able to practice),” coach Dan Campbell said at his Friday press conference. “He is better than he was last week, that’s for sure, but I would say he’s tilting towards probably being out right now.”
Getting better is good, but it wasn’t good enough this week. Fortunately for the Lions, their EDGE depth is coming off its best game of the season. In addition to a tremendous output from starter Romeo Okwara, the Lions got key contributions from Charles Harris (who started in Flowers place), Austin Bryant, and Julian Okwara—who was a pass-rushing demon on situational downs against the Ravens.
“I think, to be honest with you,” Campbell continued, “we’re in a pretty good place just depth-wise and it’s more–I just feel like this is the right thing for Trey, too. Which, in turn, is also the right thing for us long-term. I think if we can get him back to where he’s feeling really good, I think in the long run, that’s going to be a good thing for him and for us.”
For now, the Lions will once again be banking on their young talent to keep them competitive.
- RB D’Andre Swift (groin)
- EDGE Romeo Okwara (shoulder)
- DL Michael Brockers (shoulder)
Rinse and repeat here. All three starters have been limited in practice the past few weeks, but come game time, haven’t been limited in their roles or impact. Okwara played on 100 percent of snaps last week and Swift has been getting praise from Campbell this week, suggesting he has “done enough to earn” even more playing opportunities.