The Detroit Lions declared their injury designations ahead of their Week 3 game with the Minnesota Vikings, and while they will still be missing their starting Pro Bowl left guard, Jonah Jackson, it looks like they will find the All-Pro center Frank Ragnow. range.
Note: Any changes from yesterday’s injury report will be in bold.
- G Jonah Jackson (finger)
- DL John Cominsky (wrist)
Jackson has been missing practice all week, and while he’s been seen moving around well, he’s still not able to go this week. The Lions have options to replace Jackson at left guard, including moving reserve center Evan Brown to left guard, but don’t be surprised if the team asks Dan Skipper to start over this week. Skipper has the natural power the Lions desire in the guard position and he performed very well last week, especially in the running game.
Cominsky underwent wrist surgery on Tuesday and is expected to be out for a “little while,” so this designation was anticipated. It seems natural for the Lions to keep Austin Bryant active this week to fill EDGE depth – he was a healthy scratch last week – but Cominsky’s biggest impact has been from within, so keep an eye out for UDFA rookie Demetrius Taylor as a potential option for the sub-pack inside pass rusher role.
- RB D’Andre Swift (ankle)
- TE TJ Hockenson (hip)
- C Frank Ragnow (foot)
- EDGE Aidan Hutchinson (thigh) – returned to training on Friday
Swift has had two limited practices under his belt this week, and while the Lions have taken a cautious approach to injury management, he is expected to play on Sunday. “I think he’s fine,” Campbell said at his Friday press conference.
Hockenson has been in three limited practices this week and the buzz surrounding him has been nearly silent, which is usually a strong indicator that the team isn’t concerned about his status.
Ragnow also took part in three limited workouts this week and slowly saw the level of participation increase each day. Early signs indicate he will return to the starting lineup this week, as long as his medical on Saturday is positive.
“Yeah, that’s good,” Campbell said of possibly getting Ragnow back. “Look, I don’t want to go that far yet. I mean it’s definitely a step in the right direction. I would say that’s the trend, but we want to see how he’s doing today, then we’ll wake up tomorrow and see where he’s at. But certainly, if he can come back, that certainly helps. It would be nice to get it back.
Hutchinson returned to practice on Friday and at the end spoke to the media, which is always a good sign that the team thinks a player will play in the upcoming game. Hutchinson took that story one step further, insisting he “feels good” and “will be fine” to play on Sunday.
Not listed with an injury designation
- CB Amani Oruwariye (back)
- S Tracy Walker (not injury related)
- S JuJu Hughes (shoulder)
- S Ifetu Melifonwu (hamstrings)
Oruwariye also appears to be back in the starting lineup this week, as he has held back-to-back full-participation workouts and is no longer listed with an injury designation.
Hughes was only restricted on Wednesday and has been training hard ever since. Expect him to be good to go.
Melifonwu has participated in a full week of training, and after two weeks of confinement, he finally seems ready to contribute. How much and where is still to be determined, but a role on special teams looks likely.
Walker’s absence still hasn’t been officially explained but he’s not wearing a designation in this game, suggesting he’ll be ready to go to Minnesota on Sunday.
Viking Injury Designations
It seems like the Vikings will be without starting safety Harrison Smith who has yet to pass league concussion protocols. It would be a blow to their secondary and he will likely be replaced by a combination of former Michigan safety Josh Metelus and first-round pick Lewis Cine, who has played just one defensive shot this season.
Here’s the rest of the Vikings injury report, including the addition of linebacker Eric Kendricks with a toe injury. He was confined on Friday and is questionable for Sunday, but The Vikings side are optimistic they will play.
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