Many Injuries Have Struck Detroit At The Worst Time Of The Season.
Just when Detroit was getting healthy all around, things took a bump in the road after the Thanksgiving loss to Minnesota. Detroit can’t afford to lose a game now, as 11-5 is their best chance to appear in the postseason, and while one loss won’t ruin their chances completely, it certainly takes a hit. With the extra time off following the Thanksgiving game, players have been given more time to heal and for some, it hasn’t done much.
The good news: for the first time this season Ziggy Ansah hasn’t appeared on the injury report, and Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford seems to be just alright after a scary injury. The bad news, the running game is going to take an even bigger hit, not that it needs help or anything.
Week 13 Injuries: Ameer Abdullah and Jamal Agnew Miss Practice
For the first time this season, starting running back Ameer Abdullah has appeared on the injury report, and the injury he is dealing with is interesting, as it is labeled a neck injury. Nothing was noteworthy as a sign of a possible injury to the running back. With no practices for him in two of the three days, it isn’t looking like he will play.
The kick and punt return sensation Jamal Agnew was also absent from practice the past two days with a knee injury, something he has been dealing with since the week before, as he left the Bears game early and missed the Vikings game. He will most likely miss this game as well.
T.J. Lang And Travis Swanson Banged Up And Miss Practice Again
Starting right guard T.J. Lang missed back to back practices this week with a foot injury. He could be given these days off as he is a vet, or his injury could force him to miss time. Friday’s injury report will be the telling sign for him.
Starting center Travis Swanson missed both practices this week as well with a knee injury that he suffered against Minnesota. While he did some work on the sideline, odds are he will be out, Graham Glasgow will move to center and Corey Robinson will step in at left guard.
Dwight Freeney, Matthew Stafford, and Dwayne Washington All Practice Fully
After signing the vet through waivers, the Lions finally got to see what defensive end Dwight Freeney could do in practice on Thursday as he had the day off on Wednesday. He will make his debut on Sunday.
While limping and showing obvious pain, Matt Stafford was a full participant in practice which was a good sign for Lions fans as they feared the ankle injury could knock him out for a little bit.
Running back Dwayne Washington was a full participant as well in practice, with the hip injury he has been dealing with it seems to be getting better and he could play on Sunday.
Baltimore Ravens: Week 13 Injuries
Only one Raven was missing practice on Thursday and it was guard Jermaine Eluemunor with a shoulder injury. Other players limited in practice on Thursday were cornerbacks Marlon Humphrey (thigh), Jimmy Smith (Achilles), and linebacker C.J. Mosley (ankle).
Starting running back Alex Collins returned to practice fully on Thursday, as he was dealing with a calf injury on Wednesday, and offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley returned from a knee injury.