After a padded practice on Wednesday, the Detroit Lions were in shorts on Thursday as they prepare for an extra day of practice (Saturday) ahead of a Week 6 nationally televised game on “Monday Night Football” in Green Bay against the Packers.
With practices over the next three days, the Lions appear to be taking it slow with their injured players this week. Let’s take a closer look at the Lions participation levels.
Damon Harrison is not listed on the injury report
Harrison is not listed on the injury, giving a strong indication that his absence from Wednesday’s practice was something that was arranged ahead of time. The Lions will need a healthy set of interior defensive lineman on Monday as stopping the run will be a high priority part of the game plan.
Mike Daniels (foot) no practice Wednesday or Thursday
Things aren’t looking good for Daniels (foot) being able to participate in his “revenge game”. Limited practice reps for interior defensive lineman appear to be a theme this week, but foot injuries can have long-term implications on 300-pound bodies, so expect the Lions to take it slow with Daniels.
Da’Shawn Hand (elbow) no practice
After doing the most he has in months at Wednesday’s practice — including facing full contact for the first time since being injured — Hand was absent on Thursday in what looks to be a rest day. With Daniels status for Monday very much in question, the Lions may be preparing to unleash Hand for the first time this season. Nothing is for sure just yet, but signs are encouraging.
A’Shawn Robinson (knee) no practice
Robinson is listed with a knee injury, which is the first time we are hearing about this, so the severity is unknown. If he injured it in the Chiefs game, then this looks like a rest day after he practiced yesterday. But, if this is an injury that occurred yesterday, it could be more concerning. With a walk-through scheduled for tomorrow, we may not find out more details until Saturday.
Quandre Diggs (hamstring) still very limited
Hamstring injuries require rest, so there’s still enough time for him to get back in action, but there’s some warranted concern here. Limited work is better than no work, but he’ll need to improve quickly in order to be available.
Darius Slay (hamstring) limited
Slay was a game-time decision against the Chiefs, so an extra week of rest looks like it did him some good. If he returns to the lineup — which it looks like he should — the Lions secondary will get a nice bump in coverage.
Amani Oruwariye (knee) no practice
This is the first time we are hearing about this, as players on the backend of the roster can often get overlooked in the limited viewing time made available to the media. With Slay returning, Oruwariye was likely headed back to the gameday inactives list, but this will be worth monitoring for developmental purposes.
T.J. Hockenson (concussion) limited
Hockenson appeared to pass step four of the concussion protocol by being able to participate in today’s practice, but he will still need to be cleared by an independent medical team after today’s practice before being fully cleared. Things look good, but every brain injury is unique and the team will be patient here.
Danny Amendola (chest) limited
Amendola looks on track to play and limited practices are likely precautionary to prevent a setback.
Matthew Stafford (hip) full practice
Stafford played every snap against the Chiefs, had an extra week to rest and had two full practices so far this week — he’s good to go.