The Detroit Lions have declared their injury designations for their Week 4 matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Mike Daniels (foot) didn’t practice this week so it’s no surprise that he has been ruled OUT for this week’s game. Losing Daniels means A’Shawn Robinson is locked in as the starter and undrafted free agent Kevin Strong will be relied upon for a more significant interior pass-rushing role. Also, don’t be surprised to see a heavy amount of Trey Flowers at the 3-technique as the Lions look to add pressure from the interior.
Matthew Stafford (hip) was a surprise addition to Friday’s injury report, showing up as limited and drawing the questionable label for the game. There is no glaring reason to worry about his status for the game, but mid-week injury additions have a history of being problematic. Hopefully, we will learn more over the next 48 hours.
Darius Slay (hamstring) was dressed but limited all week and has been given a Questionable designation for this week’s game. Hamstring injuries can be tricky and if a player rushes back too quickly they can be re-injured very easily. The Lions gave him a lot of rest this week and he looks like a game-time decision. If he is unable to go, the team has turned to Mike Ford in the past as his replacement, but it could also mean rookie Amani Oruwariye gets his first NFL game action.
Danny Amendola (chest) sat out Wednesday and Thursday but returned to the practice field on Friday. He is also listed as Questionable and appears to be a game-time decision. If he can’t go, the Lions have recently promoted two slot receivers, Marvin Hall last week and Tom Kennedy just this morning , both of which would likely be active.
Da’Shawn Hand (elbow) has been getting closer and closer to returning but there is still no clear deadline for his return. He continues to get more time practicing and is no longer wearing a brace on his left arm. With Daniels out, this would be an ideal time for Hand to return, but with a BYE week looming, the team may opt to keep him out a bit longer.
Rashaan Melvin (knee) has been following his previous week’s path to the field and looks on target to play/start on Sunday despite being listed as Questionable.