Detroit Lions' Injury Report catches fans up on the latest news from the infirmary.
From an injury standpoint, the Detroit Lions had a much better week last week, only losing Rashean Mathis and Joique Bell as Calvin Johnson played, helping lead the team back against the Cleveland Browns.
Despite their various ailments, all of Mathis, Bell and Johnson practiced Wednesday despite being dinged up, meaning they could be well on their way to playing on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. A host of other players missed practice, but the majority of those moves can be seen as strictly precautionary. Here's a full midweek injury update.
Calvin Johnson, WR. Knee injury. Armchair prognosis: Will play. Impact: Significant.
- Reports were that Johnson looked much better practicing today, making cuts and moves that he could not a week ago. Certainly, the bulky knee harmed Johnson in his effort against Cleveland, as the normally sure-handed wide out missed his fair share of catches and looked frustrated at times. Still, it's positive that Johnson survived the game and was well enough to practice Wednesday. He's been no stranger to missing time during other weeks, so take this news as the utmost positive in Johnson's recovery.
Joique Bell, RB. Rib injury. Armchair prognosis: Should play. Impact: Mildly significant.
- Bell has done some good things with playing time this season, but the bruiser was dinged up last weekend after getting hit in the ribs. It was enough to prevent Bell, a tough player, from returning. If Bell isn't able to be completely protected this week, the Lions will probably keep him limited with Mikel Leshoure available to step in. Depth at the position will help in this case, but expect Bell to get padded up and try to play.
Rashean Mathis, CB. Hamstring injury. Armchair prognosis: Should play. Impact: Significant.
- At the cornerback spot, the Lions need all hands on deck to deal with the Bengals' potent passing attack. A.J. Green, Tyler Eifert and Mohamed Sanu command plenty of attention, and with rookie Darius Slay playing, the Bengals might have an easier time picking on him for yardage gains. With Mathis in the fold, that might not be so easy. Count on him to try and get back into the fold.
- All of these players missed practice on Wednesday. Obviously, Burleson, Scheffler and Riddick are gone with their longer-term ailments, but give Delmas and Fox a chance to play on Sunday, as rest helps both of their injuries from getting beaten up. Burleson might even return after November's bye week, which would be a quick recovery.
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