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Lions Week 18 injury report: Taylor Decker returns, Benito Jones misses practice

Checking in on the Detroit Lions' Week 18 Thursday injury report, as they prepare to take on the Minnesota Vikings.

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The Detroit Lions were back on the field on Thursday, as they continue to prepare to take on the Minnesota Vikings in Week 18. The Lions had a few more players show up on the injury report today, though the new additions are not overly concerning at this time, and they did return a starter to a full practice.

Let’s take a look at what else has changed on the Lions' injury report.

NOTE: Any changes from yesterday’s injury report will be bolded.

No practice

  • C Frank Ragnow (toe/back/knee) — veteran rest day
  • RG Graham Glasgow (rest) — veteran rest day
  • WR Jameson Williams (ankle/illness)
  • TE Brock Wright (groin)
  • DT Benito Jones (illness) — added to Thursday’s report

As we mentioned in yesterday’s report, Ragnow was expected to miss practice as part of the injury maintenance routine that he has been on all season. Look for him to return to practice on Friday and be ready to play on Sunday.

Glasgow also got the day off for veteran rest.

Williams’ prognosis is not as optimistic. Because he is nursing an ankle injury, and with the playoffs on the horizon, the Lions are expected to let him rest up and get ready for the postseason. He is also dealing with an illness, complicating matters even further.

Wright’s situation is even less ideal. By missing on Thursday, he has now missed eight straight practices, as well as two games. There’s still hope he will be able to return for the playoffs, but he’ll need to start practicing soon.

Jones showed up on the injury report on Thursday with an illness, but as we have seen in weeks past, this could be something minor that does not restrict him from playing or could be something more serious. We will have to wait until Friday to see if he is able to participate before we know more.

Estimated limited practice

  • TE Sam LaPorta (ankle)
  • DT Alm McNeill (IR, knee) — evaluation days remaining: 19
  • EDGE James Houston (IR, ankle) — evaluation days remaining: 14

Coach Dan Campbell didn’t seem overly concerned with LaPorta’s ankle injury, and as the rookie continues to practice, he looks like he should be available for Sunday. Don’t expect the Lions to not push him too much.

McNeill remains on track to return to the active roster this weekend and play on Sunday. The Lions have had to be creative in finding ways to supplement their interior defensive line presence but McNeill’s return should give them a lot more options.

Campbell has previously said that he does not expect Houston to be available this week, but he is trending to return at some point in the near future, hopefully for the first round of the playoffs.

Full practice

  • LT Taylor Decker (groin) — upgraded after not practicing on Wednesday
  • DB C.J. Gardner-Johnson (IR, pectoral) — evaluation days remaining: 6
  • CB Cameron Sutton (toe)

Decker was absent on Wednesday but returned on Thursday and got in a full practice. He played through the injury last week without much issue, and while the Lions are expected to take it slow with him so he is ready to go for the playoffs, this is a very positive sign.

Not only is Gardner-Johnson expected to return this week, but he is expected to get playing time with fellow safeties Kerby Joseph and Ifeatu Melifonwu. Look for Gardner-Johnson to be activated to the 53-man roster ahead of this weekend’s game.

Sutton injured his toe late last week but managed to play through it last Saturday and has been practicing in full since, so the optics are good that he’ll play this weekend.

Vikings injury report

No practice

  • WR Jalen Nailor (concussion)
  • LT Christian Darrisaw (illness) — added to Thursday’s report
  • RT Brian O’Neill (ankle)
  • DL Jaquelin Roy (ankle)
  • CB Byron Murphy Jr (knee)
  • CB Mekhi Blackmon (shoulder) — downgraded from limited

Limited

  • TE Nick Muse (knee)
  • OG Ed Ingram (shoulder)
  • S Harrison Smith (shoulder)
  • S Theo Jackson (toe)

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