The Detroit Lions (11-4) will face the Dallas Cowboys (10-5) in Week 17, both looking to position themselves in the best possible playoff situation.
Since these teams are playing on a short week, their practice schedule has been slightly modified. The Lions took a walk-through on Tuesday but were back on the training ground on Wednesday. Since Tuesday’s participation levels were only estimates, Wednesday’s practice report will give a more accurate depiction of the Lions’ current health.
NOTE: Any changes from yesterday’s injury report will be in bold.
No training Wednesday
- LT Taylor Decker (groin) – downgraded after estimated limited practice Tuesday
- TE Brock Wright (groin)
The biggest news from Lions camp right now concerns left tackle Taylor Decker, who, after being assessed as a limited participant Tuesday – during the team’s walkthrough – was not at the Lions’ practice. Lions Wednesday.
While its absence is potentially concerning, it is important to understand the circumstances surrounding this situation. On a short week, it’s not uncommon for Lions coaches to give veteran players days off, especially when they’re nursing an injury. Decker also played every snap last week and is estimated to have been able to practice on Tuesday – these are all encouraging signs.
That being said, if Decker is unable to return to the practice field on Thursday, it is very possible that he misses Saturday’s game. If so, the most likely candidates to replace him are Dan Skipper and rookie Colby Sorsdal. With Decker already injured, Penei Sewell moved to left tackle, then Skipper/Sorsdal replaced right tackle. But with Cowboys passer Micah Parsons — who leads the NFL in pressures — lining up at right tackle about two-thirds of the time, the Lions could opt to keep Sewell on the right side.
Wright has now missed five practices in a row and likely appears headed for another missed game. On a positive note, the Lions opted not to place him on injured reserve last week, indicating that they expect him to potentially be ready to return in Week 18 or the first round of the playoffs.
Estimated limited practice
- FB Jason Cabina (knee) – evaluation days remaining: 14
- DB CJ Gardner-Johnson (pectoral) — evaluation days remaining: 14
Cabinda continues to progress through the evaluation process and if he’s healthy enough to return, it’s possible he could help make up some of the potentially lost backlog if Wright misses.
Gardner-Johnson is also going through the evaluation process and it appears he could make his potential return to the field this weekend. He still has two weeks left in the evaluation process, so there’s no rush to bring him back, but his energy would be a welcome addition once he’s healthy.
- C Frank Ragnow (toe/back/knee)
- RT Penei Sewell (shoulder)
- LB Derrick Barnes (shoulder)
- CB Jerry Jacobs (hamstring)
Ragnow has been on the roster all season, but continues to produce full workouts mixed with veteran off days. This is his second full practice in a row and he appears to be on track to play against the Cowboys.
Sewell continues to rack up full workouts after suffering a shoulder injury last week. He seems on track to play and has a big task ahead of him, especially considering Decker’s situation.
Barnes went from limited practices last week to full practices this week and appears to be back on track to return to the lineup against Dallas. He will likely return in a rotation at MIKE with rookie Jack Campbell.
Jacobs is estimated to have returned to full training on Tuesday and Wednesday confirmed this. He appears poised to provide the Lions with depth in their secondary and potential starter-level contributions on special teams.
Cowboys injury report
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