After leaving the Detroit Lions’ 24-17 win over the New York Jets in the third quarter with a possible concussion, running back Joique Bell wasn’t allowed to talk to reporters after the game which is normal protocol when players have been diagnosed with concussions. However on Monday, questions surrounding Bell’s head injury continued after head coach Jim Caldwell repeatedly declined to comment on Bell’s status.
Well on Wednesday’s practice report, it was finally confirmed that Bell did suffer a concussion. As expected Bell was sidelined for Wednesday’s practice, where he was joined by wide receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle), linebacker Travis Lewis (quad), cornerback Cassius Vaughn (ankle), running back Theo Riddick (hamstring) and tight end Joseph Fauria (ankle), who also did not participate in practice on Wednesday.
Now when it comes to Johnson, who injured his ankle against the Green Bay Packers in week three and played only 50 percent of the snaps on Sunday, he told reporters before practice that he was feeling better this week, than he was last week.
“It’s definitely better than this time last week, so that’s a plus,’’ Johnson said prior to practice.
Although, some may feel it’s a bad sign that he didn’t practice on Wednesday, it’s my guess that the Lions are once again being cautious about his ankle. Last week he sat out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday and then was limited on Friday. So it’s possible we could see that same trend continue this week.
Beyond Johnson, you can see that Fauria, who sprained his ankle last week while chasing his puppy, was also missing in action along with Vaughn who suffered an ankle injury last week in practice.
However, the good news is that Vaughn who missed practice on Wednesday and all last week, is starting to feel better and could be close to getting back on the field.
“I’m feeling good,” Vaughn said before practice Wednesday. “We getting better. Been working. Getting back to a normal routine and everything is getting back on schedule like we want it to.”
“I know the coaching staff believes in me and we’re trying to get back but when we’re on a run like this and you’re seeing the team doing so well, you want to be a part of it and want to contribute with them. That’s the hardest thing. It’s not even ‘try to get back,’ get back. It’s ‘I want to play with my brothers,’ with the people I work with every day … So I’m going to try to sweet talk the (coaches) and see.”
According to Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com, Vaughn, Riddick and Lewis were running off to the side of practice with trainers, which is a good sign of progression that they could be back on practice field participating on a full-time basis soon.
Keep in mind that the good news doesn’t stop there. Lions offensive tackle LaAdrian Waddle, who was out for weeks was a full participant in practice for the first time since injuring his calf in the season opener. Waddle was close to playing last week after being limited in practice all three days, but on Monday, he said the team wanted to give him one more week to avoid re-injuring his calf.
“We were pretty close,” Waddle said Monday. “Basically, when it came down to it, we decided to wait another week just to be on the safe side and try to give it a go this week.
“We were close last week, so we’re going to go through this week, and if everything goes good in practice, we’ll be ready to go.”
Another Lion who may be good to go this Sunday could be safety Don Carey, who missed Sunday’s game in New York after aggravating a hamstring injury the during week three while returning a fumble 40 yards for a touchdown against Green Bay. Carey fully participated in practiced on Wednesday, indicating that he could return to game action on Sunday against the Bills, along with Waddle.
Limited on Wednesday for the Lions were defensive tackle Nick Fairley (knee) and defensive end Devin Taylor (knee).
Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Editor of Radio One Detroit
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