Is Sam LaPorta playing today? (Latest injury update for Lions vs. Buccaneers in NFL Week 6)

The latest injury update for Detroit Lions tight end Sam LaPorta.
Detroit Lions tight end Sam LaPorta.
Detroit Lions tight end Sam LaPorta. / Junfu Han / USA TODAY NETWORK

Detroit Lions rookie tight end Sam LaPorta reportedly is trending in the right direction to play on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

LaPorta will work out pregame to determine if he can play through a calf injury. 

If LaPorta can’t go, it would be a pretty big blow to the Lions’ passing attack. So far this season, the rookie tight end has 25 receptions for 289 yards and three scores. 

Sam LaPorta injury status for Week 6 game vs. Buccaneers

LaPorta is listed as questionable for Week 6 against Tampa Bay with a calf injury. If he can get through warm ups, he should have a chance to play this week. 

Best Sam LaPorta prop bet for Week 6 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Sam LaPorta anytime touchdown scorer

LaPorta found the end zone twice last week and he’s found it three times in his last three games, but he’s still +250 to score in Week 6. 

If LaPorta can play – even if he’s limited – I’d imagine the Lions want to use him as a target in the red zone on offense. 

Given the target share that LaPorta has seen this season – at least five targets in four of five games – he’s a solid bet to hit paydirt this week. 

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Sam LaPorta injury history

LaPorta has not missed a game in the NFL. He has appeared in all five matchups for the Lions since being drafted in the second round of the 2023 NFL Draft. 

When is Sam LaPorta coming back?

LaPorta is trending in the right direction to play in Week 6, but if he can’t go he’ll have a chance to return in Week 7 against the Baltimore Ravens.  

Detroit Lions next 5 opponents

  • Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Oct. 22
  • Las Vegas Raiders, Monday, Oct. 30
  • Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Nov. 12
  • Chicago Bears, Sunday, Nov. 19
  • Green Bay Packers, Thursday, Nov. 23

Detroit Lions injury report

  • Joshua Paschal – out
  • Emmanuel Moseley – out
  • James Mitchell – out
  • Jahmyr Gibbs – out
  • Bam Knight – out
  • Sam LaPorta – questionable
  • Jonah Jackson – out
  • Khalil Dorsey – questionable
  • Brian Branch – out

Tampa Bay Buccaneers injury report

  • Shaq Barrett – questionable
  • Anthony Nelson – doubtful

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