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Detroit Lions Injury Report: Reggie Bush and Patrick Edwards Sit, Rob Sims and Nick Fairley Limited

September 18th, 2013 at 5:47 PM
By Max DeMara

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

It's only two games into the season, and the Detroit Lions are already starting to pile up the waiting line for the infirmary. Three new names were added to this week's list, and after Reggie Bush's scare, the star running back appears to be on shaky ground prior to another road trip.

'Justin Forsett (20), Matt Hasselbeck (8) and Rob Sims (67)' photo (c) 2009, Mike Morbeck - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

First, the good news. Nick Fairley, who was obviously missed early during Sunday's game in Arizona, returned to practice in a limited role. Rob Sims, who has tweaked his knee, is also practicing gingerly. Otherwise, Bush and Patrick Edwards were out, joined by Jason Fox, Louis Delmas and Don Carey. Here's some implications of that mess of news.

Reggie Bush, RB. Knee injury. Armchair Prognosis: Wait and see. Impact: Major.

  • Without Bush, the Lions looked terrible in the second half against the Cardinals. Moreover, when Bush tried to play through the pain, he fumbled and didn't look fantastic, lending high levels of concern. Despite the fact that there was no damage to his knee and Jim Schwartz said the injury isn't long term, the fact Bush is taking time off is concerning. Though he's a gamer, the staff might not think he will be ready to go by Sunday, which means Detroit's offense had better prepare for life without him.

Patrick Edwards, WR. Ankle injury. Armchair Prognosis: Wait and see. Impact: Significant

  • Edwards had made a few nice plays for Matthew Stafford Sunday before departing with his ankle injury. A wide receiver that thrives on speed, the Lions probably need Edwards to be at full strength to be effective, considering he couldn't return in the second half after trying to. Definitely another case of "wait and see" being Edwards could easily sit one week if his condition doesn't rapidly improve. Losing Edwards concerning given the health of Ryan Broyles and the inability of anyone other than Calvin Johnson to catch the ball from the receiver spot.

Nick Fairley, DT. Shoulder injury. Armchair Prognosis: Looking better to play. Impact: Significant.

With extra padding, Fairley was back at practice albeit in a limited role. Still, that's encouraging for Detroit's defense, being they struggled in the first half without Fairley. Credit them for adjusting and playing well, but the Lions could use the big man back anchoring the line. Expect Fairley to see if he can play, given he's trying to get back in practice.

Jason Fox, OT. Groin injury. Armchair Prognosis: Wait and see, but likely out. Impact: Mildly significant.

  • Again, Corey Hilliard played decently in a reserve role Sunday, so Fox's absence wasn't a gigantic catastrophe. Given Hilliard's serviceable play, Detroit's probably comfortable having Fox rest the groin so he can come back stronger in a few weeks rather than risk re-aggravation for no reason. Don't expect to see him back until he's ready, or the team starts to need him badly.

Louis Delmas (knee), Don Carey (hamstring) and Rob Sims (knee)

  • Precautionary moves with Delmas and Sims staying out of practice, so expect to see each on the field Sunday. Carey's a tougher call. The Lions have two solid safeties and have used DeJon Gomes in his place on special teams. Expect that to continue another week Carey feels a bit better.

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

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