Detroit Lions Week 17 injury report: Matthew Stafford returns to practice on Thursday

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The Detroit Lions (5-10) were back on the field on Thursday, preparing to wrap up their season with a Week 17 matchup with the Minnesota Vikings (6-9).

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

Injured reserve

No Practice

Player

Injury

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Kenny Golladay

Hip

No Practice

No Practice

Danny Amendola

Non-injury related

No Practice

No Practice

Tyrell Crosby

Ankle

Limited Practice

No Practice

Joe Dahl

Back

No Practice

No Practice

Jamie Collins

Neck

No Practice

No Practice

Sadly, Golladay’s season appears to be over.

Amendola seems more likely to play with a non-injury, but without knowing why he is missing games, his status is unknown at this time.

Crosby being downgraded is not a good sign, but with Hal Vaitai and Oday Aboushi healthy, the Lions can still play capable players on the rights side of the offensive line.

Dahl and Collins missing another practice is not ideal for their chances of playing this week. They’ll have one more day to heal up, or their season could end on Friday as well.

Limited practice

Player

Injury

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Matthew Stafford

Right thumb, ribs, ankle

No Practice

Limited Practice

Frank Ragnow

Throat

Limited Practice

Limited Practice

“Matthew (Stafford) – you’re going to have to convince me a lot that this guy is not going to go,” Interim coach Darrell Bevell said. “He’s as tough as they come, tough as nails. He wants to be out there. I think, really, those two things are probably the most important. If the guy wants to – I always say this, I always say that your mind is a powerful thing. You can do a lot if you just believe in that. The guy wants it. There’s not a doubt in my mind that he won’t make it happen, but obviously, we’re going to continue to go through the week and see how it goes.”

Getting Ragnow back is a great first step towards getting the Lions anticipated starting offensive line on the field. They have not played together since Week 11 and the last time the starting unit played an entire game together was Week 7 against the Falcons — two and half months ago.

Full Practice

Player

Injury

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

No players are listed in this section at this time.

Vikings’ Report

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook won’t play on Sunday after the unexpected passing of his father James on Tuesday. Left tackle Riley Reiff has been placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list and is uncertain to be available.