Detroit Lions Week 15 injury designations: Matthew Stafford headed towards a game time decision

Erik Schlitt
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The Detroit Lions (5-8) have declared their injury designations for their Week 15 matchup with the Tennessee Titans (9-4) and they will be without four starters, two on each side of the ball: WR Kenny Golladay, OL Tyrell Crosby, DL Da’Shawn Hand, and CB Darryl Roberts.

QB Matthew Stafford and C Frank Ragnow have not been ruled out at this time and both appear to be headed towards game-time decisions in Nashville.

Here’s a look at the Lions’ full injury report, with the updated changes in injury status listed in bold.

Ruled OUT

Player

Injury

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Kenny Golladay

Hip

No Practice

No Practice

No Practice

Tyrell Crosby

Ankle

No Practice

No Practice

No Practice

Da’Shawn Hand

Ankle

No Practice

No Practice

No Practice

Darryl Roberts

Hip

No Practice

No Practice

No Practice

The conversations surrounding shutting Golladay down for the season are coming. “We’re really trying to get him back,” interim coach Darrell Bevell said. “He really wants to play, he wants to be in there. But that’s a conversation that — where we’re at in the season — that it might come to that (shutting him down).”

Expect Mohamad Sanu and rookie Quintez Cephus to continue to split Golladay’s snaps in Tennessee.

Crosby will likely be replaced in the starting lineup by Matt Nelson, who, along with left tackle Taylor Decker, are currently the only healthy offensive tackles on the active roster. Expect a roster move on Saturday, either removing Vaitai from IR or signing Dan Skipper to the active roster (as he is out of practice squad elevations) for depth.

It’s worth noting that the Lions do have an open spot on the active roster after placing Okudah on IR earlier this week.

Hand was back for one game, suffered a new injury, and is missing another game. This opens the door for Kevin Strong to take on a bigger role this Sunday.

Roberts being ruled out leaves the Lions with just three healthy corners on the active roster — Amani Oruwariye, Justin Coleman, and Mike Ford — with the fourth option being recently signed to the practice squad Tramaine Brock, who will likely be elevated on Saturday.

Questionable

Player

Injury

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Matthew Stafford

Rib/Right Thumb

No Practice

No Practice

Limited Practice

Frank Ragnow

Throat

No Practice

No Practice

No Practice

John Penisini

Shoulder

Limited Practice

Limited Practice

Limited Practice

Despite Bevell suggesting Stafford would miss practice on Friday, it appears he got in some work, testing out his rib injury. Stafford will travel with the team to Nashville, but will he play?

“You guys have seen it,” Bevell said. “You guys have covered this team way longer than I have been here, and you know what he’s done and what he’s played through. So I’m not putting him past it.”

Ragnow missed practice again, this time to see a specialist regarding his throat injury, and his status for the game will be the determining factor, per Bevell: “The communication from him (the specialist) will be able to tell us, is it safe for him to play, is it totally clear, all those types of things are what we’re looking for.”

Both Stafford and Ragnow look they’re headed towards a game-time decision.

Penisini was limited all week but played a full game last week, and despite being listed as questionable, he seems in a good spot to play.

No Injury Designation

Player

Injury

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Adrian Peterson

Forearm

Limited Practice

Full Practice

Full Practice

Jason Cabinda

Illness

No Practice

Full Practice

Full Practice

Austin Bryant

Thigh

Limited Practice

Full Practice

Full Practice

Tracy Walker

Shoulder

Limited Practice

Full Practice

Full Practice

C.J. Moore

Ankle

Full Practice

Full Practice

Full Practice

Back-back full practices and no injury designation for everyone in this group is a sign they should not be limited on Sunday.

Injured reserve