Detroit Lions Week 5 injury report vs. Carolina Panthers: 8 players listed as questionable, Brian Branch out

Here's a look at the Friday injury designations for the Detroit Lions heading into Week 5 against the Carolina Panthers.
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The Detroit Lions took some early control of the NFC North with a Week 4 win over the Green Bay Packers. They had the benefit some extra time before Week 5, as they'll welcome the 0-4 Carolina Panthers to Ford Field.

The Lions should have little trouble with the Panthers, and that's being backed by a point spread that has hovered around 10. But injuries could even things a bit, and the Lions have a couple big concerns on that front this week.

Without further ado, here are the Lions' final injury designations for Week 5.

Detroit Lions injury report: Week 5 vs. Carolina Panthers

DB Brian Branch (ankle)-Out
FB Jason Cabinda (knee)-Out
WR Amon-Ra St. Brown (abdomen)-Doubtful
TE James Mitchell (hamstring)-Doubtful

OG Halapoulivaati Vaitai (knee)-Questionable
S Kerby Joseph (hip)-Questionable
OT Taylor Decker (ankle)-Questionable
RB Jahmyr Gibbs (hamstring)-Questionable
CB Emmanuel Moseley (knee/hamstring)-Questionable

WR Josh Reynolds (groin)-Questionable
LB Julian Okwara (shoulder)-Questionable
WR Jameson Williams (not injury related)-Questionable

C Frank Ragnow (toe)-No designation

On Friday morning head coach Dan Campbell was not optimistic about Branch playing against the Panthers, and he added he's "hopeful" the rookie defensive back will be ready for Week 6 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Branch was injured against the Packers, but got his ankle heavily taped up and returned to the game.

St. Brown suffered an abdominal injury against the Packers, and he did not practice all week. Campbell noted that Saturday morning will be telling if St. Brown can give it a go on Sunday, which feels ripe for a Saturday downgrade to out if he can't get cleared.

Of the eight players listed as questionable, Gibbs is the only one who was not listed as a full participant in Friday's practice.

Campbell said on Friday he hoped to have Vaitai back in "some capacity" on Sunday.
Williams, however limited his snaps will be, seems set to make his season debut after having his six-game suspension shortened last week.
Moseley seems likewise set to make his Lions' debut on Sunday, surely on a snap count as he gets acclimated.
Joseph is in line to return to his starting safety spot after missing the last two games.
Decker aggravated his ankle injury against the Packers, but it looks like he'll be good to go for Sunday.
Reynolds has played through his groin injury against Green Bay, and there doesn't appear to be any concern he won't do so again on Sunday.

The injuries to Gibbs and Mitchell were new additions to Friday's injury report after both had practiced all week.

Here's a look at the final injury report of the week for the Panthers.

FS Xavier Woods (hamstring)-Out
OG Austin Corbett (knee)-Out
TE Stephen Sullivan (hip)-Out
CB Donte Jackson (shoulder)-Questionable
RB Miles Sanders (groin)-No designation
LB Frankie Luvu (hip) -No designation
TE Giovanni Ricci (shoulder)-No designation
LB Claudin Cherelus (ankle)-No designation
DL DeShawn Williams (elbow)-No designation

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