Ahead Of The Preseason Finale, Detroit Has Three Players Miss Practice.
Don’t panic. While it is never good to see players miss practice, the week for the upcoming fourth preseason game, missing practice isn’t the biggest problem. According to Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press, cornerback Darius Slay, rookie wide receiver Kenny Golladay and safety Miles Killebrew missed practice on Tuesday.
Since it is preseason, the team doesn’t have to give a reason for players missing practice unless they feel like it. None of the three players got hurt against the New England Patriots, so who knows why they missed practice.
For Darius Slay, it could just be a veteran day off. It isn’t expected to see Slay on the field on Thursday, considering the fourth preseason game is always filled with backups, third, and fourth string players as the starters sit to avoid injury. Now Golladay and Killebrew don’t have a veteran status yet, so them missing practice is something to note, considering they are both fighting for starting jobs on the team.
Some good news though is that according to Michael Rothstein of ESPN, starting tight end Eric Ebron returned to practice on Monday. Don’t expect Ebron to be on the field Thursday, but he should be ready to go on week one.
Bob Quinn Expects Ziggy Ansah Back Week One
While it was looking good for Ziggy Ansah last week on a possible week one return, Lions General Manager Bob Quinn said on Tuesday “I expect that Ziggy will be ready for week one.” There have been no signs of Ansah not returning week one, with him running on the sideline last week, no update on what he has been up to this week, but that is still a good sign for the team.
Still No Update On Sam Martin
After talks were brought up about Martin not possibly being ready for week one, the Lions have been mum on what the status of their punter is. Multiple beat writers did confirm that Martin is still alive, seeing him at the stadium, but still no update on when he will return to the field.
With roster cuts happening by 4 p.m. on Saturday, Detroit will need to make a decision on punter Kasey Redfern. Redfern has been impressive this preseason, giving some people ideas that the Lions could trade him, but with the Martin situation up in the air, Detroit could hold onto him for a while longer.