With a pivotal matchup scheduled against the Baltimore Ravens this Sunday, the Detroit Lions had five players that did not participate during practice on Wednesday.
The 6-5 Detroit Lions have ten days to lick their wounds following a disappointing 30-23 loss on Thanksgiving at the hands of their divisional rivals, the 9-2 Minnesota Vikings. The defeat all but eliminated the Lions chances at winning the NFC North title.
Instead, the Motor City now turns it’s attention to earning a spot in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. Luckily for Detroit, they have a very favorable schedule of opponents to help them obtain their third postseason berth in four years. First up, the 6-5 Baltimore Ravens.
Although the path to the playoffs may be clear, getting there with everyone healthy is a whole other concern. Especially when it comes to quarterback Matthew Stafford.
The Lions’ faithful learned last season who important even a finger can be to a quarterback, losing their last four games of the season including a playoff blowout to the Seattle Seahawks in part due to a hand injury suffered by Stafford.
So when the league’s highest paid player was visibly limping up and down the field at the end of the Vikings game last week, fans had a right to be worried. So Stafford’s status on this week’s injury report could sink the Lions teeter totter of a season in Week 13.
According to the Lions official injury report, Stafford was a full participant in practice on Wednesday. Unless he suffers a setback, it looks like he’ll be under center against the Ravens this weekend.
The same can not be said for five other Lions players though. Starting running back Ameer Abdullah (neck), cornerback Jamal Agnew (knee), defensive end Dwight Freeney (not injury related), guard T.J. Lang (foot) and center Travis Swanson (knee) did not practice on Wednesday.