With the Detroit Lions back on their Sunday game schedule, the injury report is back on its normal schedule as well. Wednesday gives us our first look at the players who are dinged up heading into the team’s Week 3 matchup with the Baltimore Ravens. Though it’s worth noting that this injury report is estimated, as the Lions only had a walkthrough practice following their Monday night game earlier in the week.
Let’s take a closer look at the report.
No practice on Wednesday
- WR Tyrell Williams (concussion)
- EDGE Trey Flowers (shoulder/knee)
- LB Jamie Collins (not injury related)
At his Wednesday press conference, coach Dan Campbell informed the media that Williams remained in the league's concussion protocol and his Week 3 status was in doubt. It does not appear Williams has made much progress through the league’s five-step concussion protocol rules, and the team will likely have to turn to Quintez Cephus to start in his place, as he did in Week 2.
Flowers was previously dealing with a shoulder injury and was limited in practice all last week but was able to play in the game. Now, the shoulder injury is still lingering and a knee injury has been added. This could be an early week rest day for the veteran, but it’s worth noting Flowers only played in 65 percent of the team’s defensive snaps on Monday. We will know more tomorrow.
Collins being listed as no practice with a non-injury is a bell ringer. On Tuesday, Campbell noted that Collins “had some mistakes” and Monday night’s game “wasn’t certainly his best performance”, then alluded to the fact that rookie Derrick Barnes “deserves a shot” at more playing time. He even went as far to suggest that he doesn’t have the effort of fellow linebacker Alex Anzalone.
I’ll let you connect the dots and officially declare that the speculation season is now open!
- RB D’Andre Swift (groin)
- WR Kalif Raymond (thigh)
- DL Michael Brockers (shoulder)
- DL Kevin Strong (concussion)
- EDGE Romeo Okwara (shoulder)
Swift, Raymond, Brockers, and Okwara were all on last week’s report but managed to play on Monday. That is typically an indicator that this is an injury management situation but we won’t know for certain until the rest of the week plays out.
Campbell, mentioned Strong was day-to-day at his press conference Wednesday morning and limited—the fourth step in the five step protocol—indeed means he is working his way through the process well. He likely still need a practice with contact and to be cleared by an independent doctor outside the organization, but his chances of playing this week are improving.
Of note, running back Jamaal Williams (chest) and defensive lineman Levi Onwuzurike (hip) were on last week’s injury report but are not listed anywhere on this week’s report which is a good sign for their overall health.