Detroit Lions Week 5 : Injury Report


Oct 5, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Detroit Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (94) causes Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) to fumble the football as he is sacked during the fourth quarter at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks won 13-10. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Injuries have been no stranger to the Detroit Lions so far this season. They enter their Week 5 match-up against Arizona with a pretty long injury list. However, most of those are players who are probable.

Out :

RB Joique Bell (Ankle) – Bell has been dealing with a nagging ankle injury as well as a knee injury that dates back to last season. The Lions revealed on Sunday that Bell had surgery on the same ankle back in March and has had lingering pain since. It was clear that he wan ineffective in the first three games of the season. Many thought Bell had lost a stop while others said it appeared as if he was playing hurt. Either way Bell’s absence opens the door for undrafted free agent rookie Zach Zenner to see some carries, even though last week with Bell out, Zenner only carried the ball two times for a total of 9 yards.

Eric Ebron (knee) – Initially Ebron was expected to be out around 3-4 weeks after injuring his knee against Seattle. On Friday, reports surfaced that Ebron was running with trainers. Although he will not play this week’s game against Arizona, it may be the only game he misses. Luckily, for the Lions, tight end Brandon Pettigrew will play against Arizona.

Haloti Ngata (calf) – Ngata injured his calf during the second half of Monday night’s game in Seattle. There is not timetable for his return, but the injury is not expected to be serious. The Lions are also without Tyrunn Walker and this week signed Andre Fluellen and Ishmaa’ily Kitchen.

Questionable :

Larry Warford (ankle) – Warford practiced on Wednesday, but was held out of Thursday’s practice. Warford has been dealing with a nagging ankle injury that has seen him on the sidelines more than the field this season. Expect veteran Manny Ramirez to take his spot at right guard this week.

James Ihedigbo (quad) – Ihedigbo was another player who was hurt during the Seattle game. Ihedigbo was limited in practice all week. If he isn’t ready to go Isa Abdul-Quddus will start.

Probable :

Ziggy Ansah (shoulder) – After being limited for Wednesday and Thursday’s practices, Ansah was a full participant in Friday’s practice. Ansah, arguably had his best game as a pro, recorded three tackles, two sacks, a tackle for loss, two quarterback hits, a forced fumble, and recovered a fumble

DeAndre Levy (hip) – Levy was a full participant all week. He could not be coming back at a better time for the Lions, who had their best defensive performance of the season in Monday night’s loss in Seattle. The Beard is back and ready to wreak havoc for opposing offense.

Darius Slay (quad) – Information on Slay practicing was not available for Wednesday or Thursday, but was limited in practice on Friday. Although his practice status was uncertain, Slay is expected to play Sunday.

Travis Lewis (ankle) – Lewis injured his ankle against the Seahawks, and has been trading snaps with Tahir Whitehead as the strong side linebacker. Lewis did not participate in Wednesday or Thursday’s practice, but was a full participant in Friday’s practice and is expected to be ready to go.

Brandon Pettigrew (hamstring) – Pettigrew has not played since week 1 and has been dealing with a hamstring injury. Pettigrew was limited in practice all week. Pettigrew is expected to play and his run blocking will be welcomed as Ebron and Tim Wright have been less than stellar in that department.

Sam Martin (left knee) – He is a punter who uses his right leg to punt. In all seriousness Martin was limited in practice all week and the left leg (his plant leg) could affect kickoffs. Martin is expected to play, but it is something to keep an eye on.

Rashean Mathis (calf) – Mathis tweaked his calf, limiting his practice on Wednesday. He was a full participant in both Thursday and Friday’s practices and is expected to play on Sunday.

Lance Moore (ankle) – Moore was a full participant in practices all week. He looks ready to go Sunday against the Cardinals.

Corey Robinson (ankle) -Robinson participated full practice all week. Robinson is strictly a depth player at this point, and may a healthy scratch for Sunday’s game.

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