The Detroit Lions have battled back after a disappointing start to the season and are currently riding a three-game winning streak with an overall record of 4-3. The Lions continue to fight injuries, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Today we have an update on the status of Darius Slay and DeAndre Levy.
Theo Riddick, Dwayne Washington cleared for Texans game; Darius Slay out https://t.co/q0sPXpQQCg
— Detroit Lions News (@LionsMLive) October 28, 2016
According to the Detroit Lions injury report LB DeAndre Levy (knee/quad) and CB Darius Slay (hamstring) did not practice this week. They are both listed as out for Sunday’s game in Houston. This is a huge blow to the Lions who are already shorthanded at linebacker. Losing Slay in the secondary adds additional pressure on the defense against the wide receivers of the Houston Texans.
Lions injury report:
•OUT: DeAndre Levy, Darius Slay
•QUESTIONABLE: Eric Ebron, Nevin Lawson, Haloti Ngata, R. Reiff, C. Robinson, C. Wick
— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) October 28, 2016
Levy being ruled out comes as a surprise to many. Most observers thought that Kyle Van Noy being traded to the New England Patriots earlier in the week would signal a return to action for Levy. With the release of this injury report today, that appears to not be the case.
CB Nevin Lawson (foot), DT Haloti Ngata (shoulder), T Riley Reiff (illness),TE Eric Ebron (ankle/knee), T Corey Robinson (ankle) and TE Cole Wick (knee) were limited in practice this week. They are listed as questionable for Sunday.
OL Joe Dahl (illness), participated in full practice and is ready to rock for Sunday afternoon. The Detroit backfield should get a boost with RB Theo Riddick (ankle) and RB Dwayne Washington (ankle) back at full go. WR Marvin Jones Jr. did not practice this week for personal reasons, but, is all set to play on Sunday.
Certainly the news that Levy and Slay are out is not great for Detroit. However, Lions fans should take solace that even with two key players out, this team is otherwise very healthy.