Detroit Lions Week 16 injury report: Taylor Decker downgraded to no practice on Wednesday

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Erik Schlitt
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The Detroit Lions (5-9) reported two positive COVID-19 results on Tuesday and closed their Allen Park training facility. The practice report for that day was an estimated report only. Today, the team announced that they had no new positive COVID-19 results and would hold an outdoor practice.

Unfortunately, several coaches had been identified as close contact exposures — including interim coach Darrell Bevell, defensive coordinator Cory Undlin, and nearly the entire defensive coaching roster — and those identified have been isolated from the training facility, meeting only virtually with the team.

Bevell did say they still had enough coaches to cover all the position groups at practice, but until things play out a bit further, he did not feel comfortable disclosing the team’s plans for replacing coaches who do not clear COVID-19 protocols ahead of Saturday’s game.

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

Injured reserve/COVID-19

No Practice

Player

Injury

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Kenny Golladay

Hip

No Practice

No Practice

Frank Ragnow

Throat

No Practice

No Practice

Taylor Decker

Groin

Limited Practice

No Practice

Tyrell Crosby

Ankle

No Practice

No Practice

Jamie Collins

Neck

No Practice

No Practice

Matt Prater

Back

Not Listed

No Practice

Golladay continues to miss practices, and with Everson Griffen and Danny Shelton returning to practices today, it’s fair to speculate that he could be a candidate to be placed on I.R. in order to make room for one of them to be added to the active roster later in the week.

Ragnow will see a specialist tomorrow, who will most likely determine if he can play on Saturday or not.

Decker being downgraded to no practice is awful news. With Ragnow and Crosby also vulnerable to miss this game, the Lions could be down three starters — not ideal.

Collins misses another practice and now it’s time to be concerned about his status this week. The Lions need his speed at the second level in order to stay competitive.

Prater went from not being listed to missing practice, which is typically not a good sign, but he may also just be getting a veteran rest day. Kicker is literally the only position on the roster where there is not a backup on the active roster or practice squad — but the fact that they have not added another kicker this week is a positive note for his status.

Limited practice

Player

Injury

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Matthew Stafford

Rib/Right Thumb

Limited Practice

Limited Practice

Hal Vaitai

Concussion

No Practice

Limited Practice

Darryl Roberts

Hip

Limited Practice

Limited Practice

Stafford said his ribs are sore but not any worse than they were last week, and the fact that he is getting limited practices are both encouraging signs he will play on Saturday.

While Decker was downgraded, Vaitai was upgraded. He still needs a full practice tomorrow, then to be cleared by an independent doctor before he can clear the league’s concussion protocol. If he can, he has the potential to play right or left tackle, but if he doesn’t, this offensive line could be in big trouble.

Roberts getting in another limited practice is encouraging but he is not out of the woods yet.

Full Practice

Player

Injury

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Julian Okwara

Knee

On I.R.

Full Practice

Mike Ford

Foot

Limited Practice

Full Practice

It was unclear if Okwara was added to the active roster because the Lions ran out of time on his 21-day evaluation clock or because he was ready to return, but a full practice indicates the latter is the more likely option.

Ford being upgraded to full will be a massive help to the Lions depth at corner. If he can play, he is the fourth option at worst, with the potential to find himself starting again.

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