Week 17 Injuries: Too Little Too Late For Offensive Linemen Returns


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The Offensive Line’s Health Seems To Be Improving When It Doesn’t Matter Anymore.

The biggest thing this season has been injuries. While the offensive line was supposed to be the biggest improvement, it was the biggest weakness as the line was consistently banged up. There were 10 different starting offensive linemen this season. As the season is finishing up this week in week 17, three of the injured starters look to possibly return. For the team’s playoff chances though, it is too little too late as the health of the team is improving when this game doesn’t matter. Check out the week 17 injuries below.

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Nevin Lawson Not Practicing, Eric Ebron Limited

Beginning an extensive week 17 injuries list, starting cornerback Nevin Lawson left the Bengals game last week with a concussion and he hasn’t practiced this week so far. Odds are Lawson will miss the final game this season, and with him becoming an upcoming free agent, he may never play for Detroit again.

Starting tight end Eric Ebron was limited in practice this week with a knee injury. Ebron has had a solid second half of the season and with one more game left to be played, he will want to leave Lions fans with something to talk about before his 2018 season.

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T.J. Lang And Rick Wagner Return To Practice In Limited Fashion

Two of the three offensive linemen improving in health were the newest players. The first being starting right guard T.J. Lang who is still recovering from a foot injury that forced him to miss the Bengals game last week. He could return this week.

The other is starting right tackle Rick Wagner who has been dealing with an ankle injury. With him improving, he could return this week as well.

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Travis Swanson Returns To Practice Fully, Then Stops Practicing

Starting center Travis Swanson seemed to be improving from his concussion as he was back in practice fully on Wednesday, but on Thursday he didn’t practice at all. No word on if he missed practice due to the concussion, as that could mean it is more serious than they thought and his career could come to an end.

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Green Bay Packers Injury Report

While the Lions have a few injuries on their report, they aren’t as close to being as bad as the Green Bay Packers. The Packers had 13 people limited in practice or missing it overall, with seven missing and six being limited.

The players missing from practice were wide receivers Davante Adams (concussion), Geronimo Allison (illness), and Jordy Nelson (shoulder), tight end Richard Rodgers (shoulder), guard Jahri Evans (knee), running back Aaron Jones (knee), linebacker Nick Perry (ankle/shoulder).

The five players who were limited in practice were linebackers Clay Matthews (hamstring) and Ahmad Brooks (back/shoulder), cornerbacks Davon House (shoulder/back) and Damarious Randall (knee), and defensive tackles Quinton Dial (knee), and Mike Daniels (shoulder).

Friday’s injury report will give a bigger picture of who Detroit will be going up against on Green Bay, but from the Thursday injury report, the Packers aren’t looking healthy.

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