The Detroit Lions should have the services of one of their top players this Sunday as they face the winless Cleveland Browns at Ford Field.
It’s been a tough start to the season for the Detroit Lions offensive line. And that’s mainly due to injury. The biggest absence being that of last year’s first round selection, left tackle Taylor Decker.
After a terrific rookie season in which he played every offensive snap (1,037) for the Lions, Decker suffered a shoulder injury (torn labrum) during June OTA’s that required surgery. The 23-year old was expected to required somewhere between four-to-six months to recover.
In the meantime, the Lions traded a 2018 sixth round selection to the Los Angeles Rams for left tackle and former first round pick Greg Robinson to replace Decker along their offensive line. Robinson’s play was inconsistent while in the Motor City. And the 25-year old missed the Lions last two games with an ankle injury.
In Robinson’s place, former defensive lineman turned offensive tackle Brian Mihalik has played well in his place. So well, in fact, Detroit opted to waive the former Ram earlier this week. And on Saturday, the Lions activated Decker. According to NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport, Detroit expects him to start against the winless Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
If Decker does indeed start, that’s finally some good injury news concerning Detroit’s ailing roster. Big free agent signee and starting right guard T.J. Lang has already been ruled out for this weekend’s game due to a concussion. He’ll be joined on the sidelines by rookie linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin, who has an ankle injury.
Doubtful for the Lions’ Week 10 game is defensive end Ziggy Ansah. The team’s premier pass rusher injured his back. Ansah has also been dealing with a nagging knee issue all season.
Finally, both rookie wide receiver Kenny Golladay (hamstring) and veteran safety Don Carey (knee) are consider questionable for the upcoming matchup against the 0-8 Browns. Both players were limited during all three practice sessions this week.