The Detroit Lions have been struggling with injuries since the preseason. With this week being the bye week, they are hoping to get several players enough rest to be healthy the rest of the season.
Most teams don’t like their bye weeks to be too early in the season, but for Dan Campbell, he says it couldn’t come at a better time.
“You know what’s interesting is normally when you think about the bye, you would love to have it right in the middle of the season, literally Week 10ish, somewhere in there, but it couldn’t have come at a better time for us. I mean it actually is a blessing, and so it’ll be huge to have this bye next week, because we will get a significant amount of our players back and very good players back. And so, it’s a blessing. Good lord’s looking after us.”
Here’s a list of players who currently have an injury or are limited by an injury:
Amon-Ra St. Brown (ankle)
D’Andre Swift (shoulder)
DJ Chark (ankle)
John Cominsky (wrist)
Frank Ragnow (foot)
Charles Harris (groin)
Will Harris (groin)
Saivion Smith (concussion protocol)
Matt Nelson (calf)
Josh Reynolds (ankle)
Evan Brown (ankle)
Ifeatu Melifonwu (ankle)
Tracy Walker (IR)
Halapoulivaaati Vaitai (IR)
Quintez Cephus (IR)
Tommy Kraemer (IR)
Levi Onwuzurike (IR)
Jameson Williams (NFI)
Jason Cabinda (PUP)
Josh Paschal (PUP)
Romeo Okwara (PUP)
Jerry Jacobs (PUP)
St. Brown, Ragnow, Reynolds and Brown all played in Sunday’s 29-0 shutout by the New England Patriots. It’s safe to assume they will be ready to go after another week’s rest. As for the rest of the list, I see Chark, Charles Harris, Will Harris, Nelson, and Melifonwu all back to practice on Monday. Hopefully, Swift will be ready to at least practice if he’s not ready for the game.
Update on Jameson Williams
Jacobs and Paschal started practicing last week. Williams has been leaking footage on Instagram of himself running routes and getting some good training in, however, Coach Campbell says he and Okwara won’t be back until well after the bye.
“Tough to say. Both of those guys are really improving. I know JaMo really over the last three weeks is – it’s really picking up in a good way. So, it’s hard to put a deadline as to when they’d be out there, but I mean, I think you’re still looking at a while. I mean certainly a good time after the bye before we can think about it.”
Cominsky has the potential to be back to practice next week as well. Dan Campbell even hinted in a press conference on Monday that he may be ready to go in Dallas.
“Cominsky’s coming back at some point here, hopefully by Dallas, but we’ll see. And then, hopefully Charles (Harris)’s will be back. And so, that alone will give us a little bit of – a little bit of juice in there.”
The Detroit Lions will gear up for their Week 7 matchup on the road against the Dallas Cowboys next Sunday.
Maddy Miller – Detroit Lions Beat Reporter
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