Detroit Lions LT Taylor Decker dealing with elbow injury; Jared Goff misses 2nd practice

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Taylor Decker's injury-riddled season just took another turn for the worse.

Decker, the Detroit Lions' starting left tackle, did not practice Thursday because of an elbow injury, leaving his status for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns in question.

Decker missed the first eight games of the season with a fractured left index finger that required surgery. He made his season debut in the Lions' 16-16 tie with the Pittsburgh Steelers last week, when the Lions ran for a season-high 229 yards.

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Lions lineman Taylor Decker walks off the field after training camp in Allen Park on Thursday, July 29, 2021.
Lions lineman Taylor Decker walks off the field after training camp in Allen Park on Thursday, July 29, 2021.

Decker was a full participant in Wednesday's and played all 71 offensive snaps against the Steelers. He said Monday his hand was not at 100%, but he was happy to be back on the field.

"You need to be healthy," Decker said. "You can’t have things that are bothering you to play NFL football. And everybody’s banged up, but when it’s a legitimate injury and I’m told the timeline by the surgeon, I’m going to go with that timeline by the surgeon because they’re an expert at that, and a specialist at that, and that’s what they do."

Matt Nelson, who played as the Lions' sixth lineman against the Steelers, returned to practice Thursday after missing Wednesday's workout with an ankle injury.

He started the first eight games at right tackle, with rookie Penei Sewell playing left tackle.

The Lions also are expected to re-sign offensive lineman Dan Skipper.

Quarterback Jared Goff also missed practice Thursday for the second straight day with a strained oblique.

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Goff acknowledged Wednesday he could miss Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns after playing through the injury in Pittsburgh.

"Until this kind of calms itself down I kind of just need to let it run its course," he said.

Tim Boyle is expected to start against the Browns if Goff cannot play.

Matt Nelson, who played significant snaps as a sixth lineman last week, returned to practice Thursday after missing Wednesday's workout with a sprained ankle. Running back Jermar Jefferson (knee/ankle) and defensive end Trey Flowers (knee) remain out with injuries

Contact Dave Birkett at dbirkett@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @davebirkett.

This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Jared Goff, Taylor Decker miss Detroit Lions practice