Detroit Lions' Injury Report catches fans up on the latest news from the infirmary.
A few months from now, the Detroit Lions could look back on their survival of October 20, 2013 (the NFL's version of Sunday, bloody Sunday) as the turning point in their playoff push. While conference and division rivals were losing players one by one, the Lions as a whole remained largely unscathed.
This week, the only major lingering concerns are over bumps and bruises along the offensive line. Though Riley Reiff and Corey Hilliard each missed practice, their injuries don't seem particularly crippling, meaning the Lions could be a relatively healthy group before Sunday's game against Dallas. Here's a bit more on this week's nicked up Lions.
Riley Reiff, OT. Hamstring injury. Armchair prognosis: Likely could play. Impact: Significant.
- Reiff sitting out might be viewed as a simple precaution, considering he did come back and finish last Sunday's game against the Bengals. That may have only happened because the injury situation was getting dire, though. Still, it's hard not to imagine Reiff returning to play was a testament to the severity of his injury. Look for him to rest his legs as much as possible before Sunday and try to give it a go.
Corey Hilliard, OT. Hamstring injury. Armchair prognosis: Can play in absence of Reiff or Fox. Impact: Mildly significant.
- Tuesday's signing of Barry Richardson should provide Hilliard ample time to heal. With LaAdrian Waddle and Richardson both now in the fold at tackle, the Lions could conceivably afford to give Hilliard a blow on Sunday and use either Waddle or Richardson to back up Reiff or Fox. Hilliard has played well when called upon, so it might be best to see if the Lions can get him extra rest this week, if at all possible.
Jason Fox, OT. Knee injury. Armchair prognosis: Will play. Impact: Significant.
- Fox was back on the practice field Wednesday, which was an excellent sign for the offense. He's been in and out with injuries ever since the season began and hadn't practiced since October 6, but if Fox is able to get healthy enough to play, that would take plenty of pressure off Hilliard, one of his replacements, to heal quick. Given he was good enough to practice midweek, expect Fox to try and play given all the time he has missed so far this year.
- Johnson and Delmas took their rest on Wednesday, but should play on Sunday. Fluellen has a concussion, so he'll have to pass protocol to be a factor. He's only been a reserve, so don't expect that injury to factor in much this week.
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