After suffering injuries in their win against the New York Jets on Sunday and being held out of practice all this week, Detroit Lions running backs Joique Bell (concussion) and Theo Riddick (hamstring), have both been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills, leaving the Detroit Lions with only Reggie Bush and Winn at the position.
Again, the decision to sit Bell is not a surprise. After leaving the Lions’ win over the Jets in the third quarter with a possible concussion, everybody figured he wouldn’t play this Sunday. In fact, on Thursday, head coach Jim Caldwell implied that the Lions were already preparing with the expectation that Bell won’t play. While, offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi spoke highly of Bush and Winn and their ability to pick up the slack this Sunday.
Wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who missed two practices earlier in the week and was limited during Friday’s practice but has been listed questionable to play Sunday on the injury report, just as he was last week. Before practice Caldwell spoke about on how not having Johnson in practice has impacted the team.
“I think it would probably be a bit more impactful if he was a first year, second year, or third year player and the quarterback with whom he’s working was not familiar with him.” Caldwell said when asked how not having Johnson in practice has impacted the team. “In this particular case I think those guys have enough mileage together where I think you’ll see very few effects now.”
Despite being listed as questionable, I think Johnson will play on Sunday. However don’t be surprised if he’s limited again, and definitely don’t be surprised if he ends up missing a game at some point if his ankle injury doesn’t start to get better. Caldwell spoke about on the possibly of sitting Johnson down for a week to try to get him healthy.
“That possibility always exists, just kind of depends on how one progresses during the course of the week.” Caldwell said. “There are some times when they move forward enough where you feel that they won’t have any significant setbacks and other times when you don’t feel that way. You have to wait until the end of the week and react accordingly.”
If you’re looking for some good news, you will be happy to know that receiver Golden Tate (hamstring), right tackle LaAdrian Waddle (calf), safety Don Carey (hamstring), defensive tackle Nick Fairley (knee) and defensive end Devin Taylor (knee) are all listed as probable.
On Thursday, Tate, appeared on the injury report for the first time with a hamstring injury, which caused the Lions to limit him in practice. However, on Friday, Tate was seen working and Caldwell all but said that Tate will probably play this Sunday, which is probably why he was listed as probable.
“I think if (Tate) can’t go, obviously we’ll have other guys that’ll step in and do the job.” Caldwell said prior to practice. “We don’t anticipate that being the case, but if that does indeed happen we have guys who have been preparing, working at it, improving, and we expect them to play well.”
As far as Waddle and Carey, this is great news. Waddle has been out since the first series of the season. Although the offensive line has sustained in his absence there is no doubt that they have missed Waddle’s presence in both the run and passing game. When it comes to Carey, he adds some more depth to Lions secondary not to mention versatility seeing that he can play safety and nickelback, which is plus, considering the injury issues the Lions have had so far in the secondary.
The Lions listed cornerback Cassius Vaughn (ankle) as doubtful. He returned to practice in limited fashion Thursday and Friday, which is a good sign of his progression, going into next week.
Linebacker Travis Lewis and tight end Joseph Fauria have also been ruled out for Sunday.
Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Editor of Radio One Detroit
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