Lions injury update: 2 defenders upgraded in Friday’s practice

There were a couple of notable items about the Detroit Lions practice participation report from Friday’s session in Allen Park.

First, two players who sat out on Thursday upgraded to limited participants on Friday. Defensive tackle Benito Jones (ankle) and linebacker Malcolm Rodriguez (ankle) moved up from not practicing at all into limited duty. That’s an important step for the defensive duo to play on Monday night against the Las Vegas Raiders.

Secondly, there were no new additions on Friday. After having some late-week additions to the practice injury report over the past few weeks, notably Jerry Jacobs in Week 7, that’s a welcome lack of news.

Jacobs was a full participant once again and is expected to be back in the starting lineup for the Raiders game.

Three Lions remained out on Friday:

LG Jonah Jackson (ankle)

RB David Montgomery (ribs)

C Frank Ragnow (toe/calf)

This is not the typical veteran rest for Ragnow. The Pro Bowl center typically takes one practice off per week to help his ailing toe. Now that he’s missed two in a row with the calf also being on the injury designation, it’s fair to question his availability for Monday night.

Story originally appeared on Lions Wire