Checking in on the Detroit Lions’ initial Week 12 injury report, as they prepare to take on the the Green Bay Packers on Thanksgiving Day.
The Detroit Lions (8-2) are back at home in Week 12, preparing for a Thanksgiving Day matchup with the Green Bay Packers (4-6). Because of the early week game, the Lions’ injury reports are released on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (typically they come out on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday) with teams typically only walkthroughs.
NOTE: Monday’s report is an estimate from the team and any changes from last week’s injury report will be bolded.
Injured reserve, Non-Football injury list
- QB Hendon Hooker (ACL): NFI — eligible to return at any time
- RB Mohamed Ibrahim (hip): Practice squad IR — eligible to return in Week 13
- FB Jason Cabinda (knee): IR — eligible to return at any time
- OT Matt Nelson (ankle): IR — eligible to return at any time
- OG Halapoulivaati Vaitai (back): IR — eligible to return in Week 15
- EDGE James Houston (fibula): IR — eligible to return at any time
- DB C.J. Gardner-Johnson (pectoral): IR — eligible to return at any time
- LS Scott Daly (knee): IR — eligible to return in Week 14
It’s been a while since we have received an update from coach Dan Campbell on Gardner-Johnson, though he previously noted that his “rehab’s going well.” And while the defensive back has yet to speak formally about his progress, he has posted a video of his progress, which looks promising .
Looks like that shoulder is working for C.J. pic.twitter.com/ARvIcsBgUN
— Mike Payton (@AtoZ_Payton) November 15, 2023
Estimated no practice on Monday
- OL Jonah Jackson (wrist)
Jackson didn’t practice at all last week and was not able to play in the game. Add in the fact that this is an estimated report, and Jackson was still projected to not have participated, which is not a great sign. On a short week, with limited practice opportunities, he may have an uphill battle in front of him to play against the Packers.
On a positive note, Jackson is no longer dealing with an ankle injury. Additionally, the fact that there are no other players listed in this section is very encouraging.
- C Frank Ragnow (toe)
- DT Isaiah Buggs (illness)
- S Ifeatu Melifonwu (hand)
Ragnow played every snap against Chicago and looked like his normal dominant self. He will remain on the injury report all season because of his toe, but it is worth noting that he no longer carries a designation for his back injury that he was dealing with last week.
Buggs’ illness is still not quite clear, but after missing a week, he was anticipated to have practiced in full on Monday which is a good sign for his future availability.
Melifonwu was limited at times in practice last week, only played on special teams during the Bears game, and was sporting a club on his left hand. That club will obviously limit what he can do but it’s also clear he can play with it.
No longer on the injury report
- WR Donovan Peoples-Jones (ribs)
- WR Kalif Raymond (ankle)
- DL Levi Onwuzurike (hip)
People-Jones played on just 10 snaps in his Lions debut (three on offense and seven on special teams), but a slow introduction is a common approach for Lions coaches. It’s possible his hip was still impacting him, but he appears to be ready to put that behind him.
Raymond didn’t appear to be limited by his ankle injury against the Bears and is also ready to roll moving forward.
Onwuzurike finished last week with back-to-back full practices but was inactive for the game against the Bears. Because he has been a healthy scratch multiple times this season, it’s unclear if that was the case again, or if the Lions are being cautious with his injury. With him being removed from the injury report, it appears that was likely a coach’s decision not to play him last weekend.
Packers injury report
Meanwhile, the Packers list 16 players on their initial injury report: