The Detroit Lions released their injury report Wednesday ahead of their week three showdown with the Minnesota Vikings, and the team continues to work its way through injuries on the offensive and defensive lines, as well as the secondary, but they’ve managed to get novice players back into the practice field.
Note: Any changes from last week’s injury report will be Bold.
- FB Jason Cabinda (Ankle): PUP, eligible to return in Week 5
- WR Jameson Williams (ACL): Non-Food Eligible for Week 5 Return
- RG Halapoulivaati Vaitai (reverse): injured reserve, eligible to return in week 5
- OL Tommy Kraemer (reverse): injured reserve, eligible to return at week 6
- DL Levi Onwuzurike (reverse): injured reserve eligible for return in week 5
- EDGE Romeo Okwara (Achilles): PUP, eligible to return in Week 5
- EDGE Josh Paschal (athletic hernia): PUP, eligible for return at week 5
- CB Jerry Jacobs (ACL): PUP, eligible to return in Week 5
- RB D’Andre Swift (Ankle) – Limited this past weekend, played on Sunday
- Jonah Jackson (finger)
- EDGE Aidan Hutchinson (thigh)
- DL John Kominsky (wrist) – injured in Sunday’s game
Swift’s absence appears to be a planned rest/recovery day, with his ankle still bothering him, but coach Dan Campbell has indicated his health is progressing.
“We’ll probably give a break today,” Campbell said at his press conference on Wednesday. “He’s been out on a touring tour, though. He’s doing better. Definitely a lot better than he was at this time last week. So, that’s a positive.”
On Monday, Campbell called Jackson “every day” and said the team wanted to get a better look at him on Wednesday. But at the time of the press conference, Campbell acknowledged that Jackson would not exercise by saying, “I don’t see Jonah go today.”
Hutchinson was injured in Sunday’s game with what was originally called “Charlie’s Horse.” According to defensive line coach Todd Wash, Hutchinson took his knee to the thigh while standing on the goal line and walked out limping. On Monday, Campbell assured the media that Hutchinson “should be fine,” as he’s working through the tenderness of the injury. The initial feeling is that taking the day is part of the rest/recovery process.
Kominsky had surgery on his right wrist on Tuesday and “it’s going to be low for some time” per Campbell. However, Campbell also said the team is not considering putting it on the injured reserve “for the time being”.
- C Frank Ragnow (Foot) – Returned to training, no longer listed with a thigh injury
- CB Amani Oruwariye (back) – back to practice
- TE TJ Hockenson (Hip) – New injury
- S JuJu Hughes (Shoulder) – New injury
On Monday, Campbell said the team wasn’t worried about where Ragno will recover, and on Wednesday, he got some “runs out”. Although back to practice, Jeremy Raisman reports that Rajno seemed limited During part of the practice the media was allowed to watch, and that reserve Evan Brown still took the majority of the cast in the center. However, Ragnow’s injury is now listed as a ‘foot’, and his thigh injury appears to have subsided.
Oruwariye has been “feeling better” lately, according to Campbell, and returning to the field is definitely a step in the right direction. Back injuries can be tough, so it’s important not to put the cart before the horse here, but limited practice is a good start to the week.
Hawkinson’s injury is new, but it doesn’t appear to be serious. He played 89 percent of his attacking shots on Sunday, so if the injury occurred during the match it doesn’t seem to be his severity.
Hughes played strictly on special teams on Sunday, but as one of the team’s heaviest contributors (21 shots).
- S Ifeatu Melifonwu (hamstring)
Melifonwu has been training for two weeks now, and if he continues to follow the re-acclimatization path we’ve seen from most of the injured Lions players this year, he could be ready to get back on the field this week.
No longer listed with injury
- LT Taylor Decker (hurry)
- DT Michael Brokers (knee)
- EDGE Julian Okwara (hamstring)
These players are no longer dealing with any limited injuries.
Vikings injury report
Here’s a look at the Vikings’ initial injury report:
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