Report: Kenny Golladay to make his Lions debut in Arizona

Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) /

The Detroit Lions should have their top receiver when they take on the Cardinals

After starting the season with two straight losses and a possible rebuild on the horizon, fans of the Detroit Lions could use some rare good news. And it appears they will get some in the form of wide receiver Kenny Golladay.

According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, a source revealed to him that Golladay is set to make his 2020 debut when the Lions play the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday afternoon in the Grand Canyon State. The fourth-year receiver has been sidelined over the first two games of the season due to a hamstring injury.

Golladay was listed as questionable for this Week Three matchup on the Lions’ official injury report after being limited all week during practices. The 26-year old wideout figures to provide the Lions’ offense with a big boost against the Cardinals’ eighth-ranked passing defense.

Last season, Golladay led the NFL with 11 touchdown receptions. He was targeted a team-high 116 times and recorded 65 receptions for 1,190 yards while averaging 18.3 yards per catch. Golladay was a third-round selection by Detroit back in 2017 and earned his first Pro Bowl nomination just last year.

This Sunday’s contest is a rematch of the Lions and Cardinals game from 2019. The season opener in 2019, which also took place in Arizona, saw Detroit give up a 24-6 lead in the fourth quarter, sending the game into overtime and ending with a 27-27 tie.

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In that previous matchup, Kenny Golladay would record four receptions for 42 yards and a score against the Cardinals. But he was outshined by two other Detroit Lions. Slot receiver Danny Amendola racked up seven catches for 104 yards and his lone touchdown of the season in Arizona last year. While rookie tight end T.J. Hockenson caught six passes for 131 yards and a score in a record-setting performance.