Detroit Lions' Injury Report catches fans up on the latest news from the infirmary.
The Detroit Lions' biggest injury news this week came off the field. As everyone knows by now, Nate Burleson broke his arm in two places, had surgery and will not be playing for the considerable future. Everyone else on the team, though, is starting to find their health a bit.
Reggie Bush practiced Wednesday, felt good and is expected to play Sunday, and the Lions got Ziggy Ansah, Patrick Edwards and Jason Fox back on the field in a limited role. Considering all had been missing in past weeks, that can only be considered positive news.
A few new names were added, including Calvin Johnson, Ashlee Palmer and DeAndre Levy, none of whom practiced. Despite that, none of their injuries are considered threatening for Sunday's game against the Bears. Here's the complete rundown this week.
Reggie Bush, RB. Knee injury. Armchair Prognosis: Good to go. Impact: Major
- Bush likely could have played last week in an emergency, but credit Jim Schwartz and staff for getting him an extra week of rest prior to what figures to be a hard hitting game. Bush practiced fully, and sounded upbeat about playing this week. Considering that, expect him to play against the Bears in a very important game.
Patrick Edwards, WR. Ankle injury. Armchair Prognosis: Should play. Impact: Major
- Now that Burleson is gone and Detroit hasn't yet decided on an outside move to replace him, contributions from Edwards will be vitally important to the team. Given he returned to practice in a limited role, expect Edwards to try and play Sunday, helping Stafford gain another much needed weapon for the passing game.
Jason Fox, OT. Groin injury. Armchair Prognosis: Still unknown. Impact: Minor
- The Lions did get Fox back on the field this week, which is positive news given the injury has nagged him for a while. Still, as mentioned last week, the team doesn't need to rush the offensive tackle back, especially considering how well Corey Hilliard has filled in for him. If Fox feels 100 percent, he'll play, but if not, there's no reason to risk him against a very tough defense.
Ziggy Ansah, DE. Abdomen injury. Armchair Prognosis: Should play. Impact: Minor
- Ansah left the game last Sunday in Washington, but was able to finish. He's also been limited in practice, but has been on the field. Detroit needs Ansah's quick pass rushing instincts against a Chicago offensive line which has been suspect in the past but seems to have toughened up this year.
- Likely just rest for these three. Expect all of them to play Sunday.
Nate Burleson (broken arm) and Jason Jones (ruptured patella tendon)
- Jones has been lost for the season and Burleson won't be back until at the very minimum, between 5-8 weeks from now.
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