The Detroit Lions announced their injury list ahead of their Week 3 game against the Minnesota Vikings, and while they’ll still be missing their starting Pro Bowl left guard Jonah Jackson, it looks like they’ll have an all-pro center Franco Cragno returns to the lineup.
NOTE: Any changes from yesterday’s injury report bold.
- G Jonah Jackson (finger)
- DL John Cominsky (wrist)
Jackson missed practice all week, and while he was seen moving well, he still wasn’t able to go this week. The Lions have options to replace Jackson at left back, including swapping backup center Evan Brown for left back, but don’t be surprised if the team asks Dan Skipper to start over this week. The captain has the natural strength the Lions crave at the back, and he was outstanding last week, especially in the running game.
Kominsky underwent wrist surgery on Tuesday and is expected to be out of the hospital “for some time,” so the appointment was expected. It seems natural for the Lions to keep Austin Bryant active this week to fill EDGE depth — he was a healthy catcher last week — but Kominsky’s biggest impact comes from the inside, so keep an eye out for UDFA rookies Demetrius Taylor’s potential sub-package option for an internal pass-rush role.
- RB D’Andre Swift (ankle)
- TE TJ Hockenson (hip)
- C Frank Ragno (foot)
- EDGE Aidan Hutchinson (thigh) – Back to training Friday
Swift had two limited workouts this week, and while the Lions have been taking a cautious approach to his injury management, he is expected to play on Sunday. “I think he’s fine,” Campbell assured Friday at a news conference.
Hockenson has played three limited workouts this week, and the buzz surrounding him has been almost silent, which is usually a strong indicator that teams don’t care about his form.
Ragnow also participated in three limited exercises this week, and participation is slowly rising each day. Early indications are that he will return to the starting lineup this week as long as he tests positive for Saturday’s medical.
“Yeah, that’s good,” Campbell said of possibly bringing Ragno back. “Listen, I don’t want to go that far yet. I mean, it’s definitely a step in the right direction. I’d say it’s a trend, but we want to see how he does today and then we wake up tomorrow. Look where he is. But for sure, if he can come back, it will definitely help. Just let him come back.”
Hutchinson returned to practice on Friday, and at the end of practice, he gave an interview with the media, always a good sign that the team thinks the player will be available for the upcoming games. Hutchinson pushed the narrative further, insisting he was “feeling good” and would be “good” for Sunday’s game.
Damage designation not listed
- CB Amani Oruwariye (back)
- S Tracy Walker (not related to injury)
- S JuJu Hughes (shoulder)
- S Ifeatu Melifonwu (hamstring)
Oruwariye also looks set to return to the starting lineup this week as he has completed back-to-back full engagement exercises and is no longer on the injured list.
Hughes was limited only on Wednesday and has been practicing in full since. Expect him to be ready to go.
Melifonwu practiced for a full week, and after two weeks of restraint, he was finally ready to contribute. How much and where is still to be determined, but it seems likely that it will work on special teams.
Walker’s absence has yet to be officially explained, but he was not designated for the game, suggesting he will be ready for Sunday’s game in Minnesota.
Vikings injured designation
looks Vikings will not have Starting safety Harrison Smith, who has yet to pass the league’s concussion protocol. It would be a huge blow to their second-line player, who could be replaced by a combination of former Michigan safety Josh Metrus and first-round pick Lewis Shinn — who has only played this season a defense.
Here’s the rest of the Vikings’ injury report, including the addition of linebacker Eric Kendricks with a toe injury.He was restricted on Friday and had problems on Sunday, but Vikings camp optimistic he’ll play.