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Detroit Lions Injury Report: Nick Fairley’s Shoulder, Jason Fox’s Groin Among Week Two Concerns

September 11th, 2013 at 6:02 PM
By Max DeMara

Detroit Lions' Injury Report catches fans up on the latest news from the infirmary.

Though they began the season with relatively clean bill of health, a rough and tumble battle with the Minnesota Vikings has left the Detroit Lions a bit bruised and certainly battered as they prepare for a week two road match up with the Arizona Cardinals.

'Nick Fairley' photo (c) 2012, Mike Morbeck - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Nick Fairley missed Wednesday's practice with a shoulder injury, as did offensive tackle Jason Fox and backup defensive back Don Carey with their groin and hamstring injuries respectively. The best news, though, was the fact that superstar performer Reggie Bush ended up being a full participant, despite his dislocated thumb and injured groin. Here's details and analysis from this week's injury report.

Nick Fairley, DT. Shoulder injury. Prognosis: Day to day. Impact: Major.

  • Since Fairley came back and played following the injury, it's looking likely that the Lions are simply using caution and rest with their defensive tackle in holding him out of practice. Still, the fact that Fairley was dinged up is of concern, considering he was Detroit's most active defensive lineman with 1.5 sacks and a fumble recovery. The Lions need him to play as well as he did against Minnesota next week, 100 percent or not.

Jason Fox, OT. Groin injury. Prognosis: Might miss game two. Impact: Moderate

  • Fox was the second starter to miss practice on Wednesday like Fairley, and his injury is a big more severe. Before succumbing to a groin injury, Fox played only 15 snaps and was replaced by Corey Hilliard, who aptly filled in during his absence. Considering that, the moderate tag will be placed on Fox's injury. Still, it would be nice to see him back on the field considering he's battled injuries for nearly his entire career.

Don Carey, S. Hamstring injury. Prognosis: Might miss game two. Impact: Minimal

  • Carey is a solid reserve for the Lions, who missed practice with a hamstring issue sustained against Minnesota. Coaches like to have all hands on deck this time of year, but knowing the injury trouble the Lions have had at safety the past few seasons, people are likely ecstatic that starter Louis Delmas isn't the one missing time. Carey might be unavailable this week though, lending to a bit of depth trouble both on defense and special teams.

Reggie Bush, RB. Dislocated thumb, groin pull. Prognosis: Will play. Impact: Minimal, but still significant and worth monitoring.

  • Considering what he went through on Sunday, the fact that Bush was a full participant in practice was nothing short of miraculous. Despite all the problems, Bush did finish the game strong, but was very banged up. As one of the most vital offensive weapons Detroit possesses, he's sure to start against the Cardinals as long as he can walk and has all extremities attached.

Louis Delmas, S (knee), Jason Jones, DE (knee), John Wendling, S, (ankle).

  • Each of these players were listed as limited practice participants, but expect all to play on Sunday. Delmas was on the injury report last week, and expect Jones and Wendling to suit up as well. It's likely Detroit was merely trying to cut down on the wear and tear of these three, like some of their other injured players.

Max DeMara is the managing editor of Lions 101. You can find him on this site's Twitter @detroitlions101

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Tags: Corey Hilliard, Detroit, Detroit Lions, Don Carey, Football, Jason Fox, Louis Delmas, NFL, Nick Fairley, Reggie Bush

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