Heading into this week’s matchup against the Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown sat at 1,371 yards receiving through 15 games played this season—a career high for the third-year receiver. Through three quarters on Sunday, St. Brown had amassed 1,445 yards, but suffered an apparent injury to his midsection with around five minutes to play in the third quarter.
Vikings defensive tackle Harrison Phillips drove their knee into St. Brown pic.twitter.com/2YEIYtPveQ— Ryan Mathews (@Ryan_POD) January 7, 2024
In the replay, you can see that Vikings defensive tackle Harrison Phillips, Minnesota’s nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award in 2023, plants his knee on top of St. Brown and gets back to his feet by driving his knee into the midsection of the Lions star wide receiver.
In the Week 16 contest between the Lions and Vikings, where Detroit claimed their first NFC North Championship in team history, Phillips was fined $10,927 for unnecessary roughness.
St. Brown would spend some time on the sideline, but later returned to the field on Detroit’s next drive on offense that started at the end of the third quarter. After a 5-yard run by Jahmyr Gibbs on first down to make it second-and-5, Jared Goff connected with St. Brown for the receiver’s longest reception from scrimmage in his career—and his 10th touchdown of the year.
In the postgame press conference, Lions head coach Dan Campbell mentioned that he thinks St. Brown is alright after the injury, which never was reported by the team officially.
“I think he’s [St. Brown] good,” Campbell said. “He may get something, but I think he’s okay.”
Also from the postgame coverage, MLive Lions beat reporter Benjamin Raven spoke to St. Brown, where the Lions receiver said he didn’t know “what he [Harrison Phillips] was on,” and that he felt like what Phillips did was “on purpose.”
St. Brown finished the season with 119 catches for 1,515 receiving yards, the third-most catches by a Lions player in a single season in franchise history—and the fourth-most receiving yards.