A short week made it an extra challenge for the Detroit Lions to get any of their injured players back for a big divisional matchup against the Green Bay Packers. That said, even if it could have been dismissed as a dose of coach-speak, head coach Dan Campbell was feeling good about a couple key guys when he spoke to the media on Tuesday.
With Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday's practice reports as estimations on the short week, Wednesday's final injury report would prove most telling in terms of any chance for some players to play against the Packers.
With that, here is the final injury report of the week for the Lions, with injury designations for Thursday night's game.
FB Jason Cabinda (knee)-Out)
OG Halapoulivaati Vaitai (knee)-Out
OT Matt Nelson (ankle)-Out
OT Taylor Decker (ankle)-Questionable
RB David Montgomery (thigh)-Questionable
S Kerby Joseph (hip)-Questionable
OG Jonah Jackson (thigh)-Questionable
CB Emmanuel Moseley (knee/hamstring)-Questionable
C Frank Ragnow (toe)-No designation
It has been reported Nelson needs surgery on his ankle and he's headed for IR, but that move may not be made official until Thursday.
Vaitai will miss a second straight game after being rolled up on against the Seahawks in Week 2. It's broadly good news he has not been placed on, and doesn't appear headed for, IR. Graham Glasgow will start at right guard at least one more time.
Cabinda went from being listed as limited to a non-participant over the course of the short week. In his place, tight end Darrell Daniels is set to be added to the 53-man roster
Decker and Montgomery each told reporters earlier this that they expected to play against the Packers. Decker's return would allow Penei Sewell to move back to right tackle, and naturally upgrade the Lions' offensive line.
Jackson's thigh issue was new on the injury reports this week, and he was listed as a limited participant all week. He should be regarded on the right side of questionable though, and expected to play.
With Moseley and Joseph, Campbell was not as optimistic as he was on Decker and Montgomery. So it looks like Moseley's Lions' debut will wait until Week 5. If he can't go Thursday night, Joseph will benefit from extra time between games and be ready to go against the Carolina Panthers too.
Here's the Week 4 injury report for the Packers. Running back Aaron Jones, wide receiver Christian Watson and cornerback Jaire Alexander look likely to play.
OT David Bakhtiari (knee)-Out
LB De'Vondre Campbell (ankle)-Out
OG/OT Elgton Jenkins (knee)-Out
S Zayne Anderson (hamstring)-Out
CB Jaire Alexander (back)-Questionable
RB Aaron Jones (hamstring)-Questionable
WR Christian Watson (hamstring)-Questionable
OL Zach Tom (knee)-Questionable
CB Carrington Valentine (biceps)-Questionable
LB Rashan Gary (knee)-No designation