The Detroit Lions injury report is looking fairly good going into the final preseason matchup vs. the Buffalo Bills on Thursday night.
The few injuries to report go as follows:
|T.J. Jones||Wide Receiver||Out—PUP-R|
|Montell Owens||Running Back||Questionable|
|Kyle Van Noy||Linebacker||Out**|
Injury status’ via Rotowire.com
**Injury status is the author’s guess based on Kyle Meinke’s Mlive article.
TJ Jones will remain out of action for no less than six weeks, as the Lions placed the wideout on the Physically Unable to Preform list last week. By doing so Jones will be unable to participate, even in team practices until week seven.
Montell Owens did practice, according to MLive, and will likely see action on Thursday evening as he continues to battles Mikel Leshoure and George Winn for one of the final spots on the Lions final 53 man roster.
The biggest story and perhaps the hardest one for the Lions to swallow is the possible sports hernia that could potentially sideline second-round pick, Kyle Van Noy. If it is in fact a hernia ailing Van Noy, he could miss up to six weeks of action.
We can however put a positive spin on this situation. The absence of Van Noy from a majority of the exhibition season has produced great play from his likely replacement in the starting line up, Tahir Whitehead.
It is highly probable that Whitehead will see a lot of action vs the Bills as well as fellow linebacker, Ashlee Palmer. Palmer started for Detroit last season, and Whitehead was primarily a special teams stalwart. If Whitehead continues to play well Thursday, there may however, be a flip-flop on the depth chart in 2014.
The Lions clean bill of health is an absolutely huge positive going into regular season action.