The injury bug has bitten the Detroit Lions – and it seems to be an ankle bitter.
First, the good news – Running back Joique Bell returned to full practice Wednesday.
Good sign for Bell (concussion), Riddick (hamstring) and Vaugh (ankle) being able to play Sun. All were full participants.
— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) October 8, 2014
Expect Bell to see a lot of touches in a featured back role Sunday against the Vikings, as Reggie Bush is likely to miss a week with an ankle injury.
In four games, mostly splitting backfield reps with Bush, Bell has tallied 48 carries for 152 yards and one touchdown.
Speaking of ankle injuries…
Calvin Johnson has a high ankle sprain, and is concerned defenses will target it: http://t.co/y74ShQQ358
— kyle meinke (@kmeinke) October 8, 2014
After comments made by Johnson after last weeks loss to the bills, as well as his very warranted fears of being targeted – I would expect him to sit out this week against the Vikings. When asked if he hopes to play Sunday at Minnesota, he said, “Definitely. Like I say, every week, just working to get back from this thing in the training room, spending most of my time there during the day. So we’re doing everything in our power to get back on the field.”
Report: Calvin Johnson Frustrated At Playing While Injured. http://t.co/UWaiPZf8ll
— CBS Detroit (@CBSDetroit) October 7, 2014
Or is he….
Calvin Johnson says he's not frustrated with being a decoy. pic.twitter.com/pnrPAH8JuU
— Carlos Monarrez (@cmonarrez) October 8, 2014
Regardless, I wouldn’t be looking for him to have a high start percentage in Fantasy Football this weekend. It doesn’t matter if he plays or not, keep an eye out for Golden Tate, he is going to be the primary wideout for a third week in a row.
Look for the Lions to make the decision closer to 1PM Sunday, as they tend not to tip their hand until the last possible moment.