That Detroit Lionsfresh from their third straight win – this time over the New York Giants– are back in Allen Park Monday as they prepare for a Thanksgiving Day matchup with the buffalo bills in week 12.
As this is a short week, the Lions will only hold walk-through drills and they are not open to the media, so attendance reports are only estimates based on Lions coach estimates.
- RB Craig Reynolds (IR, ribs): Eligible to return in week 14
- WR Quintez Cephus (foot, IR): Eligible for return at any time
- WR Trinity Benson (knee, IR): Eligible to return week 15 (latest update)
- OL Tommy Kraemer (back, IR): Eligible to return at any time
- DB Bobby Price (knee, IR): returnable at any time
21-day evaluation watch
Before fans jump out of their shoes, it’s important to remember that Williams hasn’t trained in over 10 months, has never trained at an NFL level, and the Lions are doing walkthroughs in a short week of practice, so it seems, like getting him back for thanksgiving like a big stretch. Besides that, Jameson Williams is back on the field!
Getting Romeo back this week looks to be a challenge as the Lions only do walk-throughs but have an open spot on the list due to the weekend’s absence of JuJu Hughes. If activated this week, this change will likely be announced on Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning.
No training on Monday
- WR Josh Reynolds (back)
- RG Evan Brown (ankle) – NEW INJURY, injured at week 11
- EDGE Josh Paschal (knee)
- EDGE Charles Harris (Bar)
- CB Jeff Okudah (Concussion) – NEW INJURY – probably not playing
- C Frank Ragnow (foot)
- UPDATE: G Jonah Jackson (illness)
Reynolds missed six straight practice sessions, was able to return to limited practice last Thursday, then missed practice again on Friday and was ruled out. With the Lions only holding walkthroughs this week, it’s fair to speculate how much the team can really test their backs ahead of the game.
Brown was injured and unable to play against the Giants, and just a day later it’s no surprise that the Lions are taking it slow with his recovery. If he can’t play this Thursday, look for Dan Skipper, starting from the right.
Paschal was injured in the game against the Bears and was unable to play in Week 11. With him not in the lineup, the Lions turned to John Cominsky to start. While Cominsky played well, Paschal was a crucial factor in the back line and the Löwen could use him back on the field.
Harris was injured during practice last Thursday and did not play against the Giants. The short week could hurt Harris’ chance of a return to this week’s game as a week’s recovery time from a groin injury is challenging.
Okudah is not expected to release the NFL’s new concussion protocols, and coach Dan Campbell admitted he was likely OFF for this week’s game.
“Yeah, he’ll be out,” Campbell said Sunday. “I can’t imagine – I’m pretty sure – we were just talking about it and I don’t think it’s possible that he can play.”
Ragnow had limited practice last week, but he was able to start against the Giants and looked pretty solid against one of the best nose tackles in the NFL in Dexter Lawrence. Watch for the Lions to take things slow in a short week as they will again need him to anchor the center of the Lions offensive line.
TO UPDATE: Left winger Jonah Jackson was also included in the injury report with an illness.
Chark was taken off injured reserve late last week after returning to training. He’s only played about a dozen snaps as the Lions are starting to catch up with him.
- RB D’Andre Swift (ankle, shoulder)
- LB Malcolm Rodriguez (elbow)
Both Swift and Rodriguez starred on Sunday, but their roles were limited as they continue to work their way back.
No longer listed due to an injury
- S. DeShon Elliott (concussion)
- NB Chase Lucas (ankle)
- S Ifeatu Melifonwu (ankle)
- RB Jamaal Williams (ill)
- LT Taylor Decker (Veteran Remnant)
- OT Matt Nelson (Calf)
The players in this section no longer have an injury that is serious enough to require an injury report.
Bill’s injury report
Here’s a look at the Bills’ initial injury report: