The Detroit Lions finally played a game with all five of their projected offensive line starters together in Week 1, for the first time in 35 games under head coach Dan Campbell. But left tackle Taylor Decker emerged from the locker room after that game wearing a walking boot, and he did not practice all week after sitting out a third day of actual practice on Friday.
Friday morning, Campbell called Decker a "little less than questionable" for Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks. Awaiting Friday's injury report, with official statuses for Sunday, Decker's official designation seemed sure to start with an "o."
Here is the Lions final injury report for Week 2, with designations for Sunday.
Detroit Lions Week 2 injury report
LT Taylor Decker (ankle)-Doubtful
CB Emmanuel Moseley (knee/hamstring)-Out
DE Josh Paschal (knee)-Out
CB Khalil Dorsey (illness)-Out
No surprises here, with Campbell's comments on Moseley and Paschal Friday morning in mind. Moseley added a hamstring issue to his recovery from a torn ACL this week. Paschal was injured during Thursday's practice, and now we know it's a knee issue that, per Campbell, could have him miss more than this week. Dorsey missed practice all week due to an illness.
Campbell said multiple combinations were being considered in Decker's potential (likely?) absence. (h/t to Pride of Detroit).
"We’ve worked a couple of different combinations,” We’ve really done three different things. We’ve kept Sewell over there (at RT). We’ve had (Halapoulivaati) Vaitai move (to LT). We’ve moved Sewell (to LT). We’ve had Vaitai out (at RT), (Graham) Glasgow in (at RG). So we’re going to continue messing with that today, and then we’ll see. The beauty is we’ve got options we feel pretty good about. Certainly, Nelson’s involved in all that as well.”
Most realistically, assuming Decker is out, Penei Sewell will move to left tackle while Halapoulivaati Vaitai kicks out to right tackle and Graham Glasgow steps for Vaitai at right guard. That puts the best possible five offensive lineman out there for the Lions. Sewell moved to left tackle to start his rookie season, when Decker was sidelined by a hand injury. Vaitai played right tackle during his first season as a Lion in 2020.
Center Frank Ragnow (toe/rest) did not practice on Friday, but he carries no injury designation and is good to go for Sunday's game.
Here is the Seahawks' injury report for Week 2. Remember starting right tackle Abraham Lucas (knee) is on IR. So Seattle, as expected, will be without both of their starting offensive tackles on Sunday.
S Jamal Adams (knee)-Out
OT Charles Cross (toe)-Out
DE Mike Morris (shoulder)-Out
LB Boye Mafe (knee)-Questionable
LB Devin Bush (shoulder)-Questionable