Detroit Lions Tyrell Williams took an unnecessary and penalized hit in Week 1 which left him in the league's concussion protocol and as the team begins practices in Week 3, his health has not improved.
On Wednesday, coach Dan Campbell met with the local media and opened with the fact that Williams status was unchanged, and he was not expecting him to be available for this weekend’s game against the Baltimore Ravens at Ford Field.
Per the league’s protocols, Williams would need to complete a five-step process in order to be cleared for game action:
- Step 1: Rest and recovery
- Step 2: Light aerobic activities
- Step 3: More aerobic exercise and strength training
- Step 4: Football specific activities
- Step 5: Full football activity
At this time, it’s unclear at what stage Williams is at, but as of last week, he was not at the Lions training facility in Allen Park. Therefore, if nothing as changed as Campbell stated, Williams may still be in the early stages of recovery.
Last week, Quintez Cephus stepped into the starting lineup in place of Williams and produced four receptions for 63 yards and an opening drive touchdown. Cephus would lead the receiver group with 81 percent of offensive snaps, while Kalif Raymond and Amon-Ra St. Brown each saw over 60 percent of snaps. Newcomer Trinity Benson saw a tick over 40 percent of snaps, but he is still acclimating to the offense and is someone the coaching staff thinks very highly of. Tom Kennedy saw just four offensive snaps and KhaDarel Hodge only played on special teams, rounding out the group.
With Williams expected to miss another game, it wouldn't be surprising to see these snaps replicated in Week 3, with potentially a slight bump in Benson’s numbers, as he gets familiar with the scheme.
Note: Defensive lineman Kevin Strong, who is also currently in the league’s concussion protocol, is progressing and is day-to-day, per Campbell.