Preseason week three is coming up and the Detroit Lions are a little banged up. There have been some positives in the injury related news for the team but there is also some bad news. Nothing major has happened to any player, no ACL/MCL type of injuries but still, with players banged up now, you hope they can return by week one when the games really matter. Let’s look at what is going on with the roughed up players case by case.
DeAndre Levy is Back from Injury
Now we have all heard the news about Levy jumping off the NFI list and some were hoping he would debut last week against the Bengals, but those hopes were crushed. Levy might not play at all in the preseason as Bob Quinn could look to play it safe and keep him just in practice and training to be prepared for week one. Justin Rogers tweeted on August 21st that Levy did the team drills for the Lions, so he could be getting ready for preseason week three or just training with the team to get ready for the important games.
Ameer Abdullah Takes Off the Red Jersey
During his first three weeks of practice, Ameer Abdullah was ordered to wear his red ‘no contact’ jersey. After having shoulder surgery, Abdullah had to miss OTA’s and minicamp and couldn’t be touched during Training Camp. He was also held out of team drills and the joint practices, missing the first two weeks of preseason. Now with the shirt coming off, he has a shot to play this week against the Ravens. Jim Caldwell joked that the jersey was “in the wash”, but with red jersey now off of him, his return could come as soon as this week. Abdullah did say he would like to play this week but whether he does or not is up to coach Caldwell. Either way, this week or not, expect Abdullah to return to the starting running back spot in week one.
Graham Glasgow In and Out of Boot
Rookie guard Graham Glasgow missed practice on Saturday and was seen in a walking boot on his left foot. On Sunday, Glasgow didn’t have the boot on. Glasgow seemed to have hurt himself during the game against the Bengals last week. He was stepped on, but continued to play. No official word on if that was the cause of the injury, but it could have played a factor. Jim Caldwell declined to comment on it, saying “Whenever we have to file an injury report we’ll refer to that injury report.” and added, “We don’t talk about injuries.” So while we don’t have a clear update on Glasgow, seeing him in a walking boot wasn’t good. Yet the fact he is already out of it could change the game. No word on if he will miss this week’s game, so be on the lookout for him.
Golden Tate Misses Practices
Golden Tate hasn’t practiced since losing to the Bengals last Thursday, but was seen jogging on Sunday. Tate’s injury doesn’t seem serious as he wasn’t seen in any type of brace or boot and wasn’t limping at all. The injury seems minor and the team could just be playing it safe in having him take some time off. Tate said this about playing on Saturday: “I think this is probably the first week it’s going to feel like a game week. For starters, this is kind of how we get in our groove, get a routine going, see what works best for us and go from there.” If he were to somehow miss this week’s game, playing preseason week four would leave little doubt he’d be back for week one.
Eric Ebron Close to Comeback
After injuring his ankle during the mock game a few weeks back, Eric Ebron seems to be almost 100 percent. He was seen jogging on the sidelines Sunday and then practiced with the JUGS machine. Since getting hurt and the scare of an ACL tear, Ebron has gotten better. Ebron himself knew it wasn’t an ACL tear, he was seen on Snapchat and Twitter like everything was alright. He hasn’t had to wear a boot or use crutches so the injury, while keeping him out of play, doesn’t seem very threatening to him or the team. Word today says Ebron will have a slight chance to play preseason week four, but is expected to be back week one.
Jon Bostic Out For Weeks
Bostic suffered a fracture in his 5th metatarsal and will keep him out 6-12 weeks depending on how rehab goes for him. This injury happened last week, meaning he is now out for 5-11 weeks depending on the injury so Detroit has a few options with them. They can cut him, put him on short term IR with a goal to return, or shut him down for the season. With it being a worst case, 11 more weeks he will be back week 10, giving Detroit seven games with the linebacker.