Detroit Lions: Analyzing the Injuries

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Aug 13, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions center Darren Keyton (68) is helped off the field after being injured during the second quarter against the New York Jets in a preseason NFL football game at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Headed into week two of the NFL preseason, Detroit Lions fans everywhere had one common ground — the team had done well staying healthy up until that point.

Besides injuries to running back Joique Bell and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, the Lions had managed to do quite well at avoiding the injury bug throughout all of the teams offseason workouts in 2015. That all changed instantly once kickoff commenced at FedEx Field in Washington D.C. last Thursday.

On the first play from scrimmage Caraun Reid suffered what would later be determined to be a high ankle sprain. And the injuries didn’t stop there. Following the game it was announced the second-year outside linebacker, Kyle Van Noy had suffered a “significant” injury that could actually land him on short-term injured reserve entering the regular season. Tight end Eric Ebron, Linebacker DeAndre Levy, tackle LaAdrian Waddle, guard Larry Warford, rookie cornerback Alex Carter and a few others have now also hade their share of concerns, although some worse that others.

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With all of this in mind, we felt like it would be a good idea to go through a rundown of all the injuries the Detroit Lions are currently facing and the impact each will have on the team moving forward.

Guard, Larry Warford

Injury: High Ankle Sprain

Right guard Larry Warford is a staple in the Detroit Lions offensive line. In fact, he might just be the best of the whole bunch. And for the second year in a row, it now appears as if he will miss at least some time in the regular season.

While the exact severity of the sprain is unknown a this time, the average timetable for an injury like this is usually 4-6 weeks. That would slot Warford for a return somewhere between weeks 2-5. Of course, recovery time is different for everyone.

With Warford out of action some questions come to mind for the immediate future.

  1. Could the Lions try rookie Laken Tomlinson at RG?
  2. Does this give third year C/G Taylor Boggs a better chance to make the final 53 man roster?

For now, both of the questions remain unanswered. One thing that is certain however is that this Detroit Lions offense needs its best lineman healthy. Quarterback protection and the lack of a ground game were major concerns in 2014 and in the offseason — hence the first round selection of Tomlinson out of Duke.

If this squad truly expects to make a move in the right direction this season, Warford needs to be a consistent part of the front five.

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