The Detroit Lions were back on the practice field on Thursday, preparing for their season finale against the Green Bay Packers in Week 18.
Let’s jump right in and take a closer look at the Lions’ official injury report from Thursday, noting that the new injuries, changes in status, and new reserve/COVID-19 additions are bolded.
Added to the reserve/COVID-19
- LT Taylor Decker — added January 3
- RT Penei Sewell — added January 3
- EDGE Austin Bryant — added January 3
- WR Geronimo Allison (practice squad) — added December 29
- RB Rodney Smith (practice squad) — added January 3
- Defensive backs coach Aubrey Pleasant — added December 31
No new additions to this list since Monday is an encouraging sign the Lions could potentially have all the players listed above available on Sunday. They would still need to clear the league’s protocols by Saturday, which they are on track to do, but there is more to it than just letting the five-day clock run out. As we saw last week with Josh Reynolds, there is still a chance they may not meet the requirements and could be unavailable. Right now, it’s just a waiting game.
- FB Jason Cabinda (knee)
Another day of not practicing for Cabinda is a poor sign for his availability for this weekend, but there’s still a chance he will be able to return to practice on Friday and possibly play on Sunday. But it’s not looking good.
- QB Jared Goff (knee)
- TE Brock Wright (groin)
- LG Jonah Jackson (elbow)
- DL Michael Brockers (neck)
- LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin (shoulder)
“I thought he moved around just fine yesterday,” offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn said about Jared Goff on Thursday. “I’m sure he’s not 100 percent, but who is at this point of the season? He threw the ball well. We’ll see. Like I said, if he can’t go, then we feel like we have a good backup in Tim (Boyle) and we’ll go and play with Tim like we have the last couple of weeks. But, Jared looked fine yesterday.”
Lynn’s outlook on Goff is more optimistic than what we got on Wednesday, but this is another up in the air decision.
Wright’s injury is a bit of an unknown because he was out last week on the reserve/COVID-19 list, but two practices in a row is a solid sign he has a chance to play and start.
Jackson getting in another participated practice today is a good sign he will be able to start at left guard on Sunday, especially considering he didn’t miss any snaps last week.
Brockers has been on the injury report almost the entire season, and on a week where he got at least one limited practice, he has played. Expect the same this week.
Reeves-Maybin has played through this shoulder injury the last three weeks, so his inclusion here is just a way for the team to manage his practice reps.