The Detroit Lions are heading toward a Week 3 game with the Minnesota Vikings as they slowly recover injured starters on the training ground. There were a few key players still out of the Lions’ squad, but just about everyone seemed to be heading in the right direction on Sunday.
Note: Any changes from yesterday’s injury report will be Bold.
- Jonah Jackson (finger)
- EDGE Aidan Hutchinson (thigh)
- DL John Kominsky (wrist)
- S Tracy Walker (non-injury related)
While Cominsky will be out for a while, there are promising signs for both Jonah Jackson and Aidan Hutchinson. Both players on the field were moving around well, although they were not appropriate or considered limited participants in practice. Jackson seemed to be shooting from his stance just fine, while Hutchinson was working the sacks at nearly full speed.
Earlier in the week, coach Dan Campbell appeared to suggest Hutchinson would be fine, while Jackson’s standing is a little more up in the air this week.
If Jackson can’t go, it appears based on training notes that the Lions will likely stick with Dan Skipper again – although he will have to be promoted from the coaching staff for the second week in a row.
As for Walker, his absence was not due to injury. We don’t have any information on why he lost training, but As noted by Tim Twenteman of DetroitLions.comHis wife is expecting a baby soon.
- RB D’Andre Swift (Ankle) – Promoted from no workout on Wednesday
- TE TJ Hockenson (hip)
- C. Frank Rajneau (Foot)
Swift had what appeared to be a planned rest day on Wednesday and was back on the field on Thursday. Swift’s ankle is progressing but he was still teasing him when he last spoke to the media, so expect the Lions to continue to take things slow with their star.
Hawkinson is new this week, but after playing it 89 percent of offensive attacks on Sunday And limited consecutive practice, he looks set to play this weekend.
Ragnow’s got two limited runs now, but it’s still too early to say he’ll be ready to take on the Vikings. Evan Brown remains a viable option to play in the center if Ragnow is unable to go.
- CB Amani Oruwariye (Reverse) – Promoted From Wednesday Limited
- S JuJu Hughes (Shoulder) – Promoted From Wednesday Limited
- S Ifeatu Melifonwu (hamstring)
Oruwariye injured his back a week ago, so it’s still a bit early to expect him to be 100% ready, but the limited practice followed by a full practice is definitely encouraging.
Hughes has been a major contributor to the Specials Against the Leaders and Special Teams coordinator, Dave Vibe surely hopes this shoulder injury won’t stop him.
“Yeah, that was cool,” Vip told the media on Thursday. “JuJu did a great job in the last game. He had like four tackles or was part of four of those kicks, which was big…but at the end of the day, my gosh, he ran in there and did a great job covering, so it was exciting.” see it.”
Melifonwu continues the trend towards full recovery and possible activation of the game this weekend. Where he fits in and what his role will be remains to be decided – especially with the rise of JuJu Hughes – but if he’s active, he’ll be a contributor to at least special teams.
Vikings injury report
Here’s a look at Thursday’s injury report for the Vikings: