The Detroit Lions’ week 11 injury report is a lot longer than anyone would like to see. Fortunately, many of the names hit the list due to league rules rather than serious injury situations.
Let’s start with the givens. Cliff Avril, Matthew Stafford and Jason Hanson are both still on the mend for their injuries sustained against the New York Jets; they will all be out of action this week. Kevin Smith will also be out this week after undergoing thumb surgery. Smith will probably miss more time but the timetable for his return is uncertain.
Nate Burleson, Dylan Gandy, and DeAndre Levy were able to remain off the injury report until Friday when they were held to a limited practice. All three are listed as probable and should be available for Sunday’s game against the Cowboys.
It is never good to have both starting cornerbacks on the injury report at the same time but the prognosis looks good for Chris Houston and Alphonso Smith. Both men started the practice week with limitations but worked their way into full participation for Thursday and Friday. They are officially designated as probable and will start on Sunday. The Lions also have good news concerning Jahvid Best. He was held out of practice Wednesday and Thursday because of his ongoing turf toe but practiced on Friday and is listed as probable. Bobby Carpenter, Corey Williams, Calvin Johnson and Turk McBride round out the players probable to play.
The status of Tony Scheffler and Isaiah Ekejiuba is a little bit more up in the air as both players are questionable to play. Scheffler missed Wednesday practice but practiced on a limited basis the next two days. Ekejiuba practiced all week but was limited.
Jason Fox landed on the injury report because an illness forced him to miss Thursday’s practice but he can be considered off the injury list now.
By NFL definition, injury report status is determined as follows:
Out = Player will not play
Doubtful = 25% chance a player will play
Questionable = 50% chance a player will play
Probable = 75% chance a player will play
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