Detroit’s Injuries Have Stacked Up, But Nothing That Should Bring Up Red Flags.
Detroit has a banged-up roster, but things could be worse for the team. While there are 14 players on the injury report, a majority of the players that are hurt are dealing with nagging injuries, while only one player has an injury that will keep him sidelined for some time. The good news is that Carolina is just as banged up as Detroit, and they have more important starters banged up. Overall, Detroit is hoping to get the win this week, while not losing anyone else to an injury.
Ameer Abdullah, Glover Quin, Don Carey, And Steve Longa Back Practicing Fully On Thursday
Starting with the good news, Ameer Abdullah, Glover Quin, and Don Carey all returned to practice fully on Thursday. Abdullah had his ankle stepped on and told reporters that he was cleared last week, but they chose to sit him out. Glover Quin was limited on Wednesday before returning fully Thursday with his groin injury.
Don Carey returned fully to practice on Wednesday, recovering from his knee injury that forced him to miss last weeks win against Minnesota. Steve Longa missed practice Wednesday to attend his father’s funeral and returned on Thursday.
Rick Wagner, TJ Lang, And Haloti Ngata Return To Practice On Limited Basis
Now on to some news that raises some eyebrows this week. Rick Wagner, TJ Lang, and Haloti Ngata were all absent from practice on Wednesday but returned to practice in limited fashion on Thursday. Lang now has a back injury, Ngata has a shoulder injury, while Wagner is dealing with an ankle and shoulder injury. Expect all three to play on Sunday.
Tahir Whitehead, Jarrad Davis, And Ziggy Ansah Still Limited As Well
No shocker as Ansah is practicing limited again with his knee injury, he will play on Sunday. Jarrad Davis is practicing limited still and is listed with a neck injury, keep an eye on him as he is still up in the air to return. Tahir Whitehead was limited this week with a pectoral injury, he should be good to go on Sunday.
Paul Worrilow, Dwayne Washington, And Kenny Golladay With No Practice Again
Paul Worrilow is the one player with the injury that will be out for a given amount of time. He suffered an MCL sprain against Minnesota and will be out 2-4 weeks, pushing Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Steve Longa, Nick Bellore and Thurston Armbrister into the starting role, rotating in and out.
Again this week, Dwayne Washington hasn’t practiced due to his quad injury and rookie wide receiver Kenny Golladay is dealing with a hamstring injury. Expect both to miss another game this week.
Carolina Panthers Injury Report
Carolina is coming in worse than Detroit in the injury report. 17 players have appeared on the report, with five moving up to full participants in practice on Thursday, one starting the week already fully practicing. The other 11 are interesting.
Some players to note are Cam Newton, who has been limited in practice this week with a right shoulder injury, but he will play as nothing has come up to change that. Safeties Kurt Coleman (knee) and Demetrious Cox still haven’t practiced fully either, expect both to be out. Starting center Ryan Kalil is still not practicing with a neck injury, the backup Tyler Larsen might have to step in.
The other players appearing on the report are as follows:
No practice: defensive end Mario Addison (knee), defensive end Charles Johnson (not injury related), offensive tackle Matt Kalil (groin), defensive end Julius Peppers (shoulder), and Jonathan Stewart (not injury related).
Limited in practice: wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin (knee), and wide receiver Curtis Samuel (back).