As Week 4 begins, the Detroit Lions roster is fluctuating more than they would prefer this early in the season, after placing another three players on injured serve last week, they released former-starting linebacker Jamie Collins on Tuesday.
The Lions have three players on injured reserve eligible to return to the active roster this week—Taylor Decker, Da’Shawn Hand, and Tim Boyle—but on Monday, coach Dan Campbell updated their statuses to the media, and none are expected to be brought back this week.
Additionally, kicker Austin Seibert remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list but the team made sure to protect Ryan Santoso in case they need to call on him again this week when they face off against division rival Chicago Bears.
Even with the roster losses, the Lions are still dealing with some injuries that are limiting or keeping active players out of practice. Let’s take a closer look at Wednesday’s injury report.
No practice on Wednesday
- EDGE Trey Flowers (shoulder/knee)
Flowers didn’t practice or play in Week 3, and opening this week up with another “no practice” is not ideal, but the Lions EDGE players did manage to put together a solid out against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 3.
“I thought as a whole, this was their best game as a unit,” Campbell said on Monday. “I thought every one of those guys had a winning performance and gave us a chance. I thought Romeo (Okwara) was relentless all game long. I thought Julian (Okwara) gave us that rush that we’d been dying for from him. He gave us interior rush and did some things on the outside. Charles (Harris) and (Austin Bryant) AB both, when they came in and had their opportunities – Charles kind of played a little bit of that role, what Flowers has done for us on some rush downs. Man, he showed up. So, I was pleased with those guys.”
It’s too early in the week to make any assumptions with Flowers’ status for the game this weekend, but if he is unable to play, the players behind him on the depth chart appear ready to step up.
- RB D’Andre Swift (groin)
- EDGE Romeo Okwara (shoulder)
- DL Michael Brockers (shoulder)
Swift and Okwara have been limited participants the past two weeks but have both been able to carry a full workload during the games. In fact, Okwara played 100 percent of snaps last Sunday, an impressive feat for the position, much less having to chase Lamar Jackson around.
Swift saw 56 percent of snaps, a typical amount as he is splitting duties evenly with Jamaal Williams, but on Wednesday, Campbell said Swift “has done enough” to earn more playing time, suggesting there are no concerns about his groin.
Swift echoed this suggestion when he spoke to the media on Wednesday, saying, “Nah, I’m fine. I’m good.” when asked about the groin injury. He even took it a step further, saying the limited work in practice was about maintenance to keep him ready, complimenting the coaches and training staff.
“Yeah, they’ve done a great job working with me, allowing me to get ready for the game,” Swift said.
Brockers has been dealing with a shoulder injury for some time now, and despite being limited in practice all last week, he was able to play in 78 percent of the defensive snaps during the game. This week, Brockers was seen by Pride of Detroit participating during individual drills in Allen Park on Wednesday, suggesting he is going through his normal routine.
WR Kalif Raymond was dealing with a thigh injury last week, but him not showing up on the report, even in the full practice section is good news, as he appears to be back to full health.