Detroit Lions Injury Report: Questionable in the Secondary


The Detroit Lions enter their meeting with the Oakland Raiders with good health overall but defensive backs Nevin Lawson and Don Carey could miss the game.

Coming off the franchise’s first road win over the Green Bay Packers since 1991, the Detroit Lions should have some extra pep in their step. Winning has a way of easing pain while losing has a way of accentuating it and the Lions are in good shape in the health department heading into their week 11 matchup with the Oakland Raiders.

The Lions’ week of practice started out slowly with Gabe Wright (ankle), Don Carey (back), Nevin Lawson (concussion), Calvin Johnson (ankle) and Jason Jones (not injury related) all out of action when the first injury report was released on Wednesday. But by the end of the week, the injury picture didn’t look quite as bad.

For one, Jason Jones wasn’t injured at all despite missing two days of practice. He was away from the team while his wife gave birth and back as a full go upon his return on Friday. Other than Jones, no other player missed more than Wednesday’s practice except for Gabe Wright who did not practice at all this week and has already been ruled out for Sunday’s game.

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Along with Jones, Ziggy Ansah (toe), Joique Bell (shoulder), Calvin Johnson, Sam Martin (back) and Glover Quin (ankle) found themselves listed on the injury report but have been designated as probable to play against the Raiders.

Other than Wright who is out and the previously mentioned players who are likely to play, there are two names to watch when the inactives are announced just before game time tomorrow and unfortunately, they are both in the secondary.

Cornerback Nevin Lawson played a very good game holding Davante Adams in check last week but suffered a concussion late in the contest. He was able to practice starting on Thursday but was listed as a limited participant for Thursday and Friday sessions. Lawson has been listed as questionable to play, making him a 50-50 bet to face the Raiders.

Like Lawson, safety Don Carey has also been designated as questionable.

The ranks are already thin in the secondary with Rashean Mathis going on injured reserve last week and Josh Wilson hitting IR this week. Add in the demotion in playing time for James Ihedigbo and there are more questions than answers in the Lions’ defensive backfield.

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By NFL definition, game designations on the injury report are as follows:

Out = Player will not play
Doubtful = 25% chance a player will play
Questionable = 50% chance a player will play
Probable = 75% chance a player will play