Defensive End Ziggy Ansah Highlights The Detroit Lions Injury Report.
The Detroit Lions host the Green Bay Packers in an NFC North showdown this Sunday at Ford Field. The matchup is crucial for the Lions if they want any hope of staying alive in the division race. They’ll be down at least two starters, with a handful of others listed as Questionable.
The Lions listed three players as OUT for Sunday’s game. The list is made up of guard T.J. Lang (concussion), defensive end Ziggy Ansah (shoulder), and tight end Michael Roberts (knee).
Lang’s reaction to the concussion he suffered last week looked a bit more animated than what we normally see. It’s not surprising that he isn’t through the protocol in time suit up. Kenny Wiggins is likely to start in his place.
The big story here is Ezekiel Ansah. This is yet another week where Ansah is able to practice each day but is ruled out ahead of time. What seemed like a minor injury at first has now cost the Lions best passer a full quarter of the season. What’s worse is there’s no way to tell if he is even close to being ready. Until Ziggy can get in some full unlimited practices I’m not assuming anything moving forward.
The following players were all listed as Questionable by the Lions on Friday:
- Quandre Diggs (Hand)
- De’Shawn Hand (Ankle)
- Eli Harold (Non-Injury)
- Marvin Jones (Ankle)
- Nevin Lawson (Illness)
- Tracy Walker (Ankle)
- Tavon Wilson (Back)
The good news is each of the players listed here were able to practice for a majority of the week and more importantly each practiced Friday. Lawson was back to a full practice after missing Thursday’s practice with an illness and none of the other players actually missed practice during the week.
That’s usually a good sign that they’ll be ready (excluding the Ziggy Ansah conundrum). The exception to that is linebacker Eli Harold who missed the week of practice to be with his newborn baby. Odds are he’ll be out there for the game.
Green Bay Packers
The biggest headline coming out of Green Bay is the decimation of their receiving corps. Randall Cobb has already been ruled out. Geronimo Allison was in the concussion protocol all week and hasn’t cleared it as of yet. Even star receiver Devante Adams is Questionable with a calf injury that had him limited on Wednesday and Friday while missing Thursday altogether.
As banged up as the Lions secondary is this week (Diggs, Lawson, Walker, Wilson), it might help even the playing field if Green Bay is without a couple of their top receiving options.
Aaron Rodgers was not listed on Green Bay’s final injury report. Looks like the Lions will be facing Rodgers at full strength.
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