The Detroit Lions are limping their way to Sunday’s contest in Carolina
If the 4-5 Detroit Lions are going to turn around their season, the time is now. And the 3-7 Carolina Panthers are next on the schedule.
And it appears the Panthers will be without two key starters in their home matchup against Detroit. Those names being quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and running back Christian McCaffrey.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero, Bridgewater is unlikely to play Sunday due to an MCL sprain. As for McCaffrey, he’s also expected to be out versus the Lions due to a shoulder injury per the team’s official website.
While this appears to be a great opportunity for Detroit to get another much-needed victory, the Lions are dealing with their own set of injuries. And at the same key positions.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford suffered a thumb injury to his throwing hand during Sunday’s win over the Washington Football Team. After not practicing on Wednesday, Stafford was a limited participant during Thursday’s session and reportedly looked great throwing the football per the Detroit Free Press.
While Stafford may be on track to play on Sunday, the same can’t be said about starting running back D’Andre Swift. The electrifying rookie has reportedly suffered a concussion and could miss the Week 11 matchup while on concussion protocol.
Swift is coming off the first start of his young NFL career against Washington. He recorded 81 rushing yards on 16 carries. Swift also had five receptions for 68 yards and a score in the last-minute win.
The Detroit Lions had a whopping 14 players listed on Thursday’s official injury report. Fortunately, 11 of those players were either limited or a full-go during Thursday’s practice session. The three players who did not practice on Thursday per the report were the aforementioned Swift plus receivers Danny Amendola (hip) and Kenny Golladay (hip). Although Golladay was reportedly seen running around with teammates on Thursday.