The Detroit Lions They announced their injury appointments ahead of their Week 3 game with the Minnesota Vikings, and while they still miss their Pro Bowl primary left guard, Jonah Jackson, it looks like they will start All-Pro Frank Ragnow again in the lineup.
Note: Any changes from yesterday’s injury report will be Bold.
- Jonah Jackson (finger)
- DL John Kominsky (wrist)
Jackson has missed training all week, and while he has been seen moving around well, he still hasn’t been able to go this week. The Lions have options to replace Jackson in the left guard, including switching reserve center Evan Brown to the left guard, but don’t be surprised if the team calls for Dan Skipper to start again this week. Skipper has the natural strength that lions desire in a guard position and has performed very well last week, especially in the running game.
Kominsky had wrist surgery on Tuesday and is expected to be out “for a short period,” so this appointment was expected. It seems natural for the Lions to keep Austin Bryant active this week to fill in with a deep EDGE – it was a healthy scratch last week – but Kominsky’s biggest impact has been on the inside, so watch UDFA rookie Demetrius Taylor as one potential option for the sub-pack’s inside pass role.
- RB D’Andre Swift (Ankle)
- TE TJ Hockenson (hip)
- C. Frank Rajneau (Foot)
- EDGE Aidan Hutchinson (Thigh) – Back in training on Friday
Swift had two limited exercises under his belt this week, and while the Lions have been cautious about managing injuries, he is expected to play on Sunday. “I think he’s fine,” Campbell confirmed during his press conference on Friday.
Hockinson has had three limited training sessions this week and the hype around him has been almost muted, usually a strong indication that the team doesn’t care about his situation.
Ragnow has also participated in three limited exercises this week and has seen a gradual increase in the level of participation each day. Early indications are that he will return to the starting lineup this week, as long as the medical examination on Saturday is positive.
“Yeah, that’s good,” Campbell said of the possible return of Rajno. “Listen, I don’t want to go that far yet. I mean it’s definitely a step in the right direction. I’d say he’s heading this way, but we still want to see how he does today and then we’ll wake up tomorrow and see where he is. But sure, if he can manage Going back, it definitely helps. It would be good to get him back.”
Hutchinson returned to training on Friday, and in closing he spoke with the media, which is always a good sign the team thinks the player will play in the next game. Hutchinson pushed that novel, Insisting that he “feels good” and “will be fine” to play on Sunday.
Not included with injury designation
- CP Amani Aurora (Reverse)
- S Tracy Walker (non-injury related)
- S JuJu Hughes (shoulder)
- S Ifeatu Melifonwu (hamstring)
It looks like Oruwariye will be back in the starting line-up this week as well, as he has accumulated consecutive full post practices and is no longer on the injury list.
Hughes was only limited on Wednesday and has been practicing in full ever since. Expect him to be ready to go.
Melifonwu has had a full week of rehearsals, and after two weeks of being limited, he finally looks ready to contribute. How much and where remains to be determined, but a role in special teams appears to be a possibility.
Walker’s absence has yet to be officially clarified, but he does not bear any designation in this game, indicating that he will be ready to go on Sunday in Minnesota.
Vikings injury labels
It seems It would be Vikings without them Safety start Harrison Smith who has not yet passed league protocols for concussion. This would be a huge blow to their high school and he is likely to be replaced by a combination of former Michigan safety Josh Metellos and first-round pick Louis Sein – who has only played in one defensive strike this season.
Here’s the rest of the Vikings injury report, including the addition of linebacker Eric Kendricks with a toe injury. It was restricted on Friday and was in question on Sunday, but The Vikings camp is optimistic that it will play.