Detroit Lions' Injury Report catches fans up on the latest news from the infirmary.
Not only did the Detroit Lions lose a game Monday night, but they may have finally contracted the NFL's often catchy injury bug. Wednesday was a tough day at practice, as four starters sat out. This week, Brandon Pettigrew, DeAndre Levy and Sam Martin were the new headliners on the sidelines.
Cornerback Chris Houston, who missed Monday's game against Baltimore with a toe injury, returned, which was a good sign for the defense. Jonte Green and Rashean Mathis held down the fort admirably, but the Lions would probably like a top option available taking on Hakeem Nicks, who remains a dangerous deep threat even though he hasn't yet scored in 2013. The injury report seems to be a little more crowded this week.
Brandon Pettigrew, TE. Ankle injury. Armchair prognosis: Won't play. Impact: Significant.
- Detroit's passing game was horrible against the Ravens, and with the news of an injury preventing Pettigrew from practicing, things might get even worse. Quietly, Pettigrew has improved his hands over the course of this season and has become a reliable target. If he can't go, expect Joseph Fauria to see a bigger role in the offense. Considering the amount of running Pettigrew must do, don't expect him to play in the quick turnaround.
DeAndre Levy, LB. Foot injury. Armchair prognosis: Will play. Impact: Significant.
- Levy leads the league in interceptions, so the Lions will need him to be fleet of foot against Eli Manning, a quarterback who's tossed an uncharacteristic 25 picks this season. The fact that Levy was able to finish the game, unlike Pettigrew, should be considered a good sign for the defense. Expect him to tough things out and play Sunday by the time 4:05 p.m. rolls around.
Darius Slay, CB. Knee injury. Armchair prognosis: Won't play. Impact: Mildly significant.
- Considering how well Green played in Houston's absence, don't count on Jim Schwartz to rush Slay, a rookie, back from another knee procedure. Schwartz classified Houston ahead of Slay on Tuesday in terms of game readiness, while going out of his way to laud Green's performance in an injury pinch. Count on another week of rest for Slay as a result of these factors, even though Schwartz has said he could return soon.
Sam Martin, P. Groin injury. Armchair prognosis: Will play. Impact: Significant
- Schwartz said Tuesday that Martin's groin injury didn't impact his ability to punt during Monday's game, but it did prevent him from doing his usual duty to the kickoff squad. Watch for David Akers to handle the kickoff duty again if Martin is still tender on Sunday. Martin's current most important asset to the team are his booming punts, and Akers can always continue kick off.
- All of these players are likely seeing regular rest time again, although Johnson did take plenty of hard hits Monday night and should be watched with regards to that as well. Wendling was ill last week, but shook that off and managed to injure an ankle in the process.