The Detroit Lions could be without a few key players versus the Vikings
The Detroit Lions are at the end of their season and at the end of an era. For the past three years, the Lions have ended each of the last three seasons in the basement of the NFC North and with a losing record. But the team’s final game of the 2020 regular season is significant as it’s the last before a new page is turned in the Motor City.
Detroit moved on from head coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn at the end of November. And the search for their replacements is currently in full swing. Sunday’s Week 17 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings is a final farewell and good riddance send-off of that previously failing regime and a start of something new.
Despite the insignificance of this matchup outside of possible draft positioning, the Lions still wish to give their fans a good, competitive game to watch and a reason to hope for better days ahead. Yet, there are a few key players who popped on the injury report this week that could shift the balance in the divisional battle.
The biggest name is, of course, quarterback Matthew Stafford. For weeks, Stafford has been dealing with a thumb injury. Now his ailing ribs and an ankle injury have his current status on the team’s final injury report as officially being questionable for the contest. Although it seems Stafford will attempt to play if the medical team clears him.
Officially ruled out for this divisional contest against the Minnesota Vikings are wide receiver Kenny Golladay, offensive lineman Tyrell Crosby (ankle), and guard Joe Dahl (back). The only other player appearing on the Detroit Lions’ final injury report was wide receiver Danny Amendola (non-injury related). But the veteran slot receiver was a full participant during Friday’s practice.