The Detroit Lions will end their 2017 NFL regular season facing a depleted Green Bay Packers team in Week 17 in the Motor City.
It’s unusual for a team in the NFL to end their regular season relativity healthy. But that’s the case for the Detroit Lions, as they’ll head into Week 17 with just one player listed as out and one questionable heading into their divisional battle against the Green Bay Packers.
On the Lions’ final injury, only six players total made an appearance this week. Already ruled out for Detroit’s final game of the year is cornerback Nevin Lawson, who is suffering from a concussion. Questionable for Sunday’s contest is defensive end Anthony Zettel, who is dealing with a groin injury. Zettel was able to practice on a limited basis Friday.
Also appearing on the Lions’ final injury report were tight end Eric Ebron (knee), offensive guard T.J. Lang (foot), offensive tackle Ricky Wagner (ankle) and defensive end Dwight Freeney (non-injury related absence). All four players were able to be full participants in practice on Friday.
Both center Travis Swanson (concussion) and offensive guard Don Barclay (concussion) were placed on the Injured Reserve list this week. Tight end Hakeem Valles and wide receiver Jace Billingsley were both promoted from the practice squad to the active roster to replace the two injured offensive lineman.
As far as the Packers are concerned, they will be lucky to field a team on Sunday. Green Bay listed a whopping 16 players on their final injury report. On top of starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers already being place back on IR, wide receivers Jordy Nelson (shoulder) and Davante Adams (concussion) plus linebacker Nick Perry (ankle, shoulder), running back Aaron Jones (knee), tight end Richard Rodgers (shoulder) and offensive guard Jahri Evans (knee) have all been ruled out for the upcoming matchup in Detroit.
Packers’ star linebacker Clay Matthews (hamstring) and cornerback Damarious Randall (knee) are questionable for the divisional matchup. As well as offensive tackle Ulrick John (back) and wide receiver Geronimo Allison (illness).