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Lions Week 15 injury designations: Taylor Decker, Frank Ragnow, 2 others questionable

Exploring the Detroit Lions' injury designations as they prepare to take on the Denver Broncos in Week 15.

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The Detroit Lions (9-4) and Denver Broncos (7-6) have declared their injury designations ahead of their Saturday Week 15 matchup and the Lions continue to trend toward having a fully healthy 53-man roster.

Let’s take a look at where things sit.

Ruled OUT

  • QB Hendon Hooker (ACL) evaluation clock: 5 days remaining

With practice for the week wrapping up Thursday, Hooker has now completed three full weeks of practice. Next on the agenda is deciding whether or not to activate him to the 53-man roster or to keep him on the non-football injury list—the latter of which would end his season.

“We would love him to get him on (the active roster), so we can continue to work with him here because otherwise, you can’t do anything,” coach Dan Campbell said on Thursday. “But, ultimately, yeah, I don’t think we can commit to that until we see what’s going on here and what pieces we think are coming back.”

Things are still very much up in the air—especially with other players such as C.J. Gardner-Johnson also close to returning, maybe as soon as next week—but the window is closing and the Lions will have until next week Wednesday to decide what they want to do.

Questionable

  • WR Josh Reynolds (back)
  • LT Taylor Decker (back)
  • C Frank Ragnow (toe/back/knee)
  • DT Benito Jones (neck)

Reynolds was estimated to have been able to practice for Tuesday’s walkthrough, then showed up on the Wednesday report as limited. Getting in a second limited practice is encouraging but it does leave the door open for him to not play. If he can’t go, expect a replacement by committee from the Lions receivers.

Decker was estimated to not have been healthy enough to practice on Tuesday, but he got in a limited practice on Wednesday, then a full practice on Thursday. That’s an encouraging sign he will be able to start at left tackle this weekend.

After missing last week’s game, Ragnow was able to return to the practice field this week, and like Decker, saw limited action on Wednesday followed by a full practice on Thursday. Campbell said Ragnow’s status for the weekend would be determined by how he practiced on Thursday, and a full level of participation is a strong sign of improvement.

“I’m hoping, but I won’t know until after today,” Campbell said of potentially getting their starting offensive line back this week. “Look, Frank (Ragnow) will be out there again. He’s been working, but we just need to make sure we’re not getting a flare-up or an irritation or something of that regard.”

Jones was also limited early in the week, only to see a full practice on Thursday, and like his fellow linemen, it’s a very good sign he should be able to find his way into the starting lineup vs. the Broncos.

Broncos injury designations

Ruled OUT:

  • LB Nik Bonitto (knee)
  • TE Greg Dulcich (hamstring, on IR)

Questionable:

  • S P.J. Locke (neck)

Not listed with an injury designation

  • RB Samaje Perine (knee) — Downgraded after full practice on Tuesday
  • G Quinn Meinerz (illness)
  • LB Jonathan Cooper (ankle)

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