The Detroit Lions (8-3) take on the New Orleans Saints (5-6) in Week 13 and both teams were back on their respective practice fields on Thursday. For the most part, the Lions got in a similar level of participation as they did for Wednesday’s practice for the Lions, with the one exception being a veteran getting an expected rest day.
NOTE: Any changes from yesterday’s injury report will be bolded.
No practice on Thursday
- LB Alex Anzalone (hand)
- C Frank Ragnow (back/toe/rest) — veteran rest day
Anzalone missed another practice on Thursday and based on language being used by coaches, he will likely miss this week. That will open the door for Jack Campbell to step into the starting MIKE role and assume a lot more responsibility—something defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn believes the rookie is prepared for.
Ragnow has routinely been taking rest days throughout the season, and after a padded practice on Wednesday, it’s no surprise that the Lions are giving him the day off on Thursday so that he can be at his best come Sunday.
- QB Hendon Hooker (ACL) evaluation clock: 20 days remaining
- OL Jonah Jackson (ankle/wrist) — Upgraded to full practice
- RB David Montgomery (foot) — Upgraded to full practice
- S Tracy Walker (shoulder) — Upgraded to full practice
- S Ifeatu Melifonwu (hand)
Hooker is still technically on the NFI list, but because he is now practicing within the evaluation window, he will be listed on the injury report. With Teddy Bridgewater in the fold, the Lions should be in no rush to activate Hooker and can take their time over the next 20 days.
Jackson getting in a second practice—this one at a full participation level—is a very encouraging sign he may be able to return to the lineup this week. The offensive line is much stronger with him in the lineup and could use his skills as they look to rebound this week.
Montgomery getting in another practice is a strong indicator he is on track to play this week. The Saints have struggled to defend the run of late, so there is an opportunity for Montgomery to have a big game, but if his ankle is still bothering him come Sunday, expect more of Jahmyr Gibbs.
Walker also appears on track to be available this week, but with Ifeatu Melifonwu also injured, it’s worth keeping an eye on this situation.
Melifonwu has been playing through a hand injury that requires him to wear a club and has limited him to special teams. Full practices are a good indication that he will be able to continue what he has been doing with the potential to do more if needed.
Saints injury report
No changes from the Saints’ Wednesday injury report:
- RB Kendre Miller (ankle)
- WR Rashid Shaheed (thigh)
- EDGE Cam Jordan (ankle)
- LB Pete Werner (shoulder/oblique)
- S Marcus Maye (shoulder)
- WR Chris Olave (concussion protocol)
- TE Jimmy Graham (vet rest)
- RT Ryan Ramczyk (knee, vet rest)
- C Erik McCoy (shoulder)
- K Blake Grupe (right groin)