Lions lose Alim McNeill to possible concussion in disastrous first quarter

USA Today

The first quarter of Thursday’s matchup against the Green Bay Packers featured some truly awful football by the Detroit Lions. It also saw one of their few effective defensive players leave the game with a potential concussion.

Defensive tackle Alim McNeill left the game after being struck on the side of the helmet in a case of friendly fire while making a tackle. He was taken to the blue medical tent for evaluation for a possible brain injury.

McNeill’s injury came with the Lions already down 20-6 after giving up touchdowns on all three Packers drives. Jared Goff also lost two fumbles to the Packers defense, helping set up the Packers in good field position. Green Bay gained 159 yards and eight first downs in the first quarter. Packers QB Jordan Love was 9-for-10 for 130 yards and two TDs.

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