While Stafford‘s Hurt, His Injury Isn’t Something To Panic About.
Last time I said things could be worse. Well, they are, but still not in a way to cause panic around the fan base. Matt Stafford was seen limping during the game against the Carolina Panthers last week, something nobody wants to see but what he is dealing with seems minor and shouldn’t be too much to worry about. Along with Stafford getting banged up, Detroit lost another starter in defensive tackle Haloti Ngata. That injury is the bulk of bad news for the team this week and with Thursday’s practice being over, let’s see what lies ahead as Sunday approaches.
Ziggy Ansah Limited Again, Paul Worrilow Still Out, Haloti Ngata to IR
Nothing new to note here. Ziggy Ansah was limited again in practice (knee) after getting the day off on Wednesday. Paul Worrilow is still recovering from his MCL sprain.
There is new information though and it isn’t good. Ngata suffered a bicep injury, putting him on IR and most likely ending his season, possibly career. He could return in eight weeks but the team believes that this will end his season. A blow to the already weak defensive line is not what Detroit needed.
Matt Stafford Practicing Fully Despite Injuries Last Week
Matt Stafford was seen limping during the game last week and with cameras capturing his thigh and ankle getting taped up, fans were worried it might have been more serious. Well, the good news is that Stafford practiced fully on Wednesday and Thursday but appeared on the reports with an ankle injury.
Matthew Stafford practicing, but slightly favoring right leg. Seems to have some kind of tape job or padding under his pants on that side
— Kyle Meinke (@kmeinke) October 11, 2017
So while it looks like Stafford will play Sunday, this popped up and gave an inclination that while Stafford is practicing like normal, he could still miss the game.
Stafford first up, took majority of reps in open period, but it did seem like Rudock got more work than usual https://t.co/FhcAe2bktO
— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) October 11, 2017
Kenny Golladay and Dwayne Washington Return To Practice In Limited Appearance
For the first time in two weeks, rookie wide receiver Kenny Golladay has returned to practice, as he is dealing with a hamstring injury. He wasn’t alone as running back Dwayne Washington returned to practice for the first time since week two as he hurt his quad against the New York Giants. Having both players return could be big for the offense as Stafford could have another weapon in Golladay and the power back role can go back to Washington, along with helping Agnew return kicks.
T.J. Lang and Rick Wagner Limited Again, Greg Robinson Missing From Practice.
T.J. Lang returned to practice on Thursday as he had a rest day on Wednesday. Lang being limited with a back injury again isn’t good for his health but he will most likely play this week. Rick Wagner is dealing with a shoulder injury but he hasn’t missed a game yet so expect him to play as well.
Starting left tackle Greg Robinson did not practice on Thursday but good news is that it was not injury related. Unless it is something serious, Robinson should be on the field and starting.
Tahir Whitehead and Glover Quin Improve From Limited To Full
After being a full participant on Friday, things seemed to be better for Quin and his groin injury. Well, he was limited in practice on Wednesday but returned to a full practice session on Thursday, he should be good to go.
Tahir Whitehead still has his pectoral injury that is bugging him. He played last week against Carolina, expect him to play through the pain again as he was also limited on Wednesday but improved to full participant on Thursday.
New Orleans Saints Injury Report
Now, this weeks opponent for Detroit isn’t quite as banged up as Carolina. The Saints have cornerback Sterling Moore, (pectoral), tight end Josh Hill (concussion), and running back Trey Edmunds (concussion) all returned to practice fully this week, they will be good to go.
That leaves just three players who have been limited in practice. Starting wide receiver Willie Snead (hamstring), offensive guard Andrus Peat (hip) and offensive tackle Terron Armstead (shoulder) should both be on the field on Sunday. Overall, New Orleans is a healthy team and that could be an advantage for them.