Luckily for the Detroit Lions, quarterback Matthew Stafford has been able to carry a team riddled with notable injuries the last few weeks. It would appear that the Lions are about to get a shot in the arm as a few key players dressed for Wednesday’s practice.
Despite only being limited, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (shoulder), Eric Ebron (ankle/knee), and running back Theo Riddick (ankle) all participated in some sort of fashion. Fellow RB Dwayne Washington (ankle) even had the “full practice” tag which would indicate he is good-to-go barring any setbacks.
— Detroit Lions News (@D_LionsNews) October 26, 2016
On the negative side, a few injuries marred the return of the walking wounded. Three starters who played in the game against the Washington Redskins sat out Wednesday. Right tackle Riley Reiff missed practice with an illness and wide receiver Marvin Jones had an undisclosed personal reason that kept him off the field. Both should be ready to go by Sunday.
The most concerning absence was cornerback Darius Slay. Arguably the best player on defense, Slay went down in the second quarter last week with a hamstring injury. The extent of the ailment will not be revealed with the tight-lipped Jim Caldwell. Hamstring injuries can be very tricky but rarely do they ever take a few days to heal. They often linger around for quite some time if it’s anything more than a tweak. It wouldn’t be wise to assume he will be able to suit up against the talented receiving corps of the Houston Texans.
The mystery of linebacker DeAndre Levy‘s injuries continues. Take it as you will, but he was spotted in the locker room for the first time in weeks. Also, with GM Bob Quinn trading away Kyle Van Noy, you could deduce the swap as an indication of Levy’s progression.
DeAndre Levy made a brief appearance in Lions locker room today, first time I can recall since he started missing time with his knee injury
— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) October 26, 2016
More to come as the week unfolds…