Detroit Lions' Injury Report catches fans up on the latest news from the infirmary.
Considering last week's effort against the Green Bay Packers minus Calvin Johnson, there's one simple question on the mind of every Detroit Lions fan as it relates to injuries this week: How's Megatron doing?
Sadly, there isn't much new to say, as Johnson missed practice on Wednesday and appeared on the injury report. Jim Schwartz said it was likely no decision would be made about Johnson playing until Sunday, and Reggie Bush said the team is preparing for life without him again, meaning the next three days will be agonizing for Lions' fans. Jason Fox, Louis Delmas, Chris Houston and Tony Scheffler all missed practice as well, casting doubt over their availability for Sunday. Here's more news and implications from today's injury report.
Calvin Johnson, WR. Knee injury. Armchair prognosis: Could miss game. Impact: Major.
- Considering how lost Matthew Stafford and company looked without Johnson, it's tough to think that going on the road without him to face a team with a solid defense would prove anything but devastating again. Johnson himself claims he was close to playing last week, but there's no indication that the team would have let him. At this point, Detroit's best hope is for a speedy recovery in the next three days. The fact that Johnson missed practice isn't big news, but Bush saying the offense is preparing as if they'll have to play without him is. Perhaps that's simply a Jedi mind trick for the opposition. Either way, Lions' fans should prepare for the worst but hope for the best.
Jason Fox, OT. Knee injury. Armchair prognosis: Could miss game. Impact: Significant.
- It's tough not to feel bad for Fox. After shaking off injury problems early in his career and finally getting the chance to start, he's been slowed twice early in the season. First, it was a hamstring injury, and now, the week after he healed up from that, a knee problem cost him time Sunday. The Lions might not have trouble replacing him given the fact they have experience dealing with Fox not playing. Expect Corey Hilliard to start if Fox cannot go. For a player that has put in so much hard work, another injury is unfortunate.
Chris Houston, CB. Hamstring injury. Armchair prognosis: Will play. Impact: Significant.
- This injury is quietly becoming a big problem for the Lions, who depend on a healthy, speedy Houston to cover the opposition's best wide receivers. Going toe to toe with Josh Gordon won't be easy, especially if Houston is gimpy. The injury showed on James Jones' long touchdown, where Houston didn't have the speed to track Jones down given his struggles. Expect him to test the hamstring closer to game time. Houston will play if he feels good, but that might not be the best news if the injury re-aggravates itself during the game.
Tony Scheffler, TE. Concussion. Armchair prognosis: Will play, but in a limited role. Impact: Mildly significant.
- For whatever reason, Scheffler's role and production has seen a significant decline this season. In the absence of Johnson, though, he became a bigger part of the offense last Sunday and was one of Detroit's leading receivers against the Packers. Now comes word that Scheffler sustained a concussion during that game, but did finish. That's the perfect reason for the Lions to use him less. If he passes his concussion tests, expect him to play, but perhaps be scaled back. With a healthy Joseph Fauria looking like he's earned more playing time, the Lions might be able to get by without much from Scheffler. Naturally, it depends on what happens with Johnson, though.
- Delmas sitting out Wednesday's session is no longer big news, given he typically rests his knee. Expect him to play. Riddick's availability hinges on his passage of the concussion tests. The best news from this group came as Burleson suited up and took the field, participating in some drills and taking part in catching drills with a tennis ball. He'll have his hard cast removed soon, and could be getting back on track to play again in several weeks, which would be a remarkable recovery.
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