Detroit Lions' Injury Report catches fans up on the latest news from the infirmary.
The Detroit Lions' decisive victory over the New England Patriots in week three of the 2013 preseason ended up being a costly one. Already without Calvin Johnson, finally, the injury bug which had bitten nearly every other NFL franchise snapped at the Lions, claiming a valuable rookie and a key special teams contributor.
Here's the rundown inclusive of the latest injury news, with a look at what the injuries mean to the Lions as they push towards the beginning of the regular season and some important roster decisions.
Michael Williams, TE: Broken Hand. Prognosis: Surgery, could miss significant time. Impact: Mildly significant.
- Williams, coming off an excellent training camp, was expected to be the number three tight end on the depth chart this fall behind Brandon Pettigrew and Tony Scheffler. He was expected to boost Detroit's ground game, given his ability to block and lead the way up front. Now, with his broken hand, Williams will need surgery and could miss a significant chunk of time. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports the injury is not considered season ending, but said the team could opt to put Williams on IR. The injury may affect what Detroit decides to do at tight end with fellow rookie Joseph Fauria also excelling. Despite the depth at the position, it's unfortunate that Williams didn't get a chance to show much of his stuff during game action.
Montell Owens, RB: Knee injury. Prognosis: Unknown. Impact: Significant.
- Owens went down in a heap without being hit Thursday night while running the ball, and it took Lions' team doctors several minutes to help him to the sidelines. After the game, it was reported Owens had sustained a knee injury, though the extent was not known. Jim Schwartz said the early news was "encouraging," but more tests are needed. Owens, signed in the offseason to boost Detroit's pitiful special teams unit, had already made a nice tackle in coverage early in the game. Losing him for any elongated length of time wouldn't help what the Lions are trying to do on special teams this fall.
Glover Quin, S: Hip injury. Prognosis: Good. Impact: Minimal, but worth watching.
- Quin exited the game largely for precaution's sake after hurting his hip in the first half, but was reportedly fine after the game by his own admission. Despite the fact that everything looks alright for now, the Lions likely don't want to risk further damage to their prized new safety, so watch for Quin to play sparingly against Buffalo in the preseason finale.
- None of these injuries are considered serious, though when Ansah hit the turf, there was a noticeable scare in the crowd and bench. Johnson needs to rest his knee for the regular season, and Hill was said to be sitting out of practice for rest reasons last week.
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