The final preseason game is coming up and the Detroit Lions are getting healthier, but still have some bumps in the road. 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, but in case you live under a rock, Teddy Bridgewater is out for the year with an ACL tear. So while Detroit has few injuries on the team right now, we have to be happy they aren’t in a horrible situation like Minnesota is in right now. Let’s look at what is going on with the roughed up players case by case.
Brandon Pettigrew Goes on PUP
Tearing his ACL last year against the Rams, Brandon Pettigrew hasn’t done much for the team and will end up on the PUP list to start out the 2016 season. He should be ready for week seven, but Detroit will have to look for another blocking tight end while he sits on the sidelines.
Corey Fuller Joins the PUP Group
After suffering a foot injury during OTA’s it seemed that Fuller’s chances of making the team were gone. Well Detroit decided to give him a final chance and also put him on the PUP list and he will be back to work come week seven. Detroit just traded away Jeremy Kerley, so the receiving corps behind Marvin Jones, Golden Tate and Anquan Boldin is somewhat thin, giving him a chance to possibly be on the team once healthy.
Jon Bostic Will Go on IR
Jon Bostic will miss some time, nothing new to Detroit Lions fans, but some were expecting him to be cut and put on waivers – instead he was put on the injured reserved list. Bostic will have a chance to come back this year, so expect Detroit to bring him back when they can as the linebacking core needs all the depth it can get.
Jimmy Landes Shocking Injury Lands Him on IR
A move nobody saw coming was long snapper Jimmy Landes going to the IR. He was giving Don Muhlbach good competition during preseason, but apparently this undisclosed injury that is forcing Landes to have shoulder surgery could have been a reason why he was shaky last week against the Ravens. We should see a better competition between the two long snappers next year as Landes will be fully healthy, unless Muhlbach doesn’t re-sign with the team.
Eric Ebron “unsure” About Week One Appearance
Reports last week were saying Ebron would return to the field come week one against the Colts. Now, that might not be for certain. Ebron talked for the first time since suffering the injury, saying:
“I need to get my ass out there on that field, cause I’m not a huge person that’s (into) watching. I like action. I like to be in action. It just sucks being on the sideline, man. It’s not my lifestyle. I wasn’t born for this. I wasn’t bred to do this, but I got to right now.”
When asked about playing in week one, Ebron said:
“That’s really not in my hands. That’s up to the people upstairs. I hope. That’s all I can do. But it’s up to Caldwell and the medical staff as far as what they want to do with me as far as week one and further than that.”
Detroit Lions fans and players hope Ebron can return for regular season play, but the team should rather be safe than sorry and make sure Ebron is ready to return when he is 100 percent healthy.