As the Detroit Lions continue make their playoff push, they may have to do it without two of their key players.
Wide receiver Golden Tate appeared to have injured his ribs on the return end of Matthew Stafford’s interception in the end zone.
Here's a look at the Tate injury. Looks like he gets hit right in the rib area: pic.twitter.com/jTdH01lIo9
— Pride Of Detroit (@PrideOfDetroit) December 18, 2016
The reason it only appears as though Tate injured his ribs is because he understandably wouldn’t divulge any information on said injury.
Tate when asked about injury: "We're not supposed to talk about injuries. Figured you would know that after being here for a couple years."
— Kyle Meinke (@kmeinke) December 18, 2016
Lions corner back Darius Slay is also nursing a hamstring injury.
Lions cornerback Darius Slay already has missed a couple of games this year due to a hamstring injury. On Monday, the team will begin to get an idea as to whether he’ll be missing any more.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Slay will have an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of the injury.
Hamstring problems tend to linger, and they only heal completely with sufficient rest. As the Lions move toward what would be their first division title since 1993, Slay may be more inclined to push it, knowing that he’ll have the entire offseason for healing.
The Lions visit the Cowboys in eight days before hosting the Packers in what currently would be an NFC North championship game.
In short, the Lions really can’t afford to be without either Slay or Tate if they hope to win the franchise’s first playoff game in over two decades.
We’ll update you with more on the status of these injuries throughout the week.