Detroit Lions safety Glover Quin suffered left the win over the Saints with a concussion, putting his consecutive games started streak in jeopardy.
It hasn’t been only his steady play on the field, but also his durability that has been an asset to the Lions. Quin has been knicked up here and there and played with an ankle injury that required surgery following the 2013 season.
But with Quin unable to finish off the Monday Night Football win against the Saints because of a concussion, his ironman streak of 96 starts in a row is in question.
When asked for injury updates on Ziggy Ansah and Quin at his normal day after game press conference, Jim Caldwell was predictably short – particularly as it pertained to Quin’s status.
Sep 21, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions free safety Glover Quin (27) is announced before the game against the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports
"Ziggy was a little ill yesterday, just a little nauseated, so we’ll see what happens with him, but we anticipate he’ll be OK. Glover’s in the protocol."
With a followup questions asking if the concussion could lead to Quin being put on injured reserve with just two games remaining, Caldwell was evasive, relying on generalities rather than giving any insight into the team’s thinking on the Quin situation.
"Like I always say, anybody that’s on our list, if he’s on the list, there’s certainly a chance of that. I’m not saying it is in this case but there’s certainly a chance with anybody."
The Lions will release their first injury report for week 16 on Wednesday afternoon and it will be a surprise if Quin is even a limited participant in practice considering he is in the concussion protocol.
Being placed in the protocol means a concussion was officially diagnosed and returning to the field requires a return to the player’s normal baseline status followed by a ramping up of activities to ensure the player remains symptom free. Only then can the player return to action with the joint authorization of the team physician and an independent neurologist.
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Quin’s 96-game streak dates back to his rookie season in the NFL when he was a member of the Houston Texans. He did miss one game due to injury that year – also due to a concussion – but has started every game after week 13 in 2009.
*All quotes provide by the Detroit Lions.