Detroit Lions Washington released his Wednesday injury report ahead of his Week 2 matchup with the Commanders and neither Frank Ragno nor Taylor Decker practiced. It’s only minorly concerning at this stage of the week, but based on coach Dan Campbell’s comments, Ragno’s rest appears to be a precautionary step to help him deal with the after-effects of playing in last week’s game.
“Frank is a little upset,” Campbell said. “He won’t be practicing today. So we’ll just keep an eye on him and see how he feels. It’s like day-to-day and we’ll see where we go with it.”
It is worth noting that both Ragno and Decker week 1 . played every snap in,
Perhaps even more worrying is the fact that D’Andre Swift missed the practice. Swift has a history of health issues, and was the best player on the field for the Lions in Week 1. Let’s come to a sort of crowdfunding injury report at the start of this season.
Note: Any changes from last week’s injury report will be bold,
- FB Jason Cabinda (ankle): PUP, deserves to return in week 5
- WR Jameson Williams (ACL): NFI deserves a comeback in Week 5
- RG Halapoulivaati Vaitai (back): Injured reserve, eligible to return in Week 5
- DL Levi Onwuzurike (back): Injured reserve, eligible to return in Week 5
- EDGE Romeo Okawara (Achilles): PUP, deserves to return in Week 5
- EDGE Josh Pascal (Sports Hernia): PUP, eligible to return in Week 5
- CB Jerry Jacobs (ACL): PUP, eligible to return in Week 5
In his Wednesday press conference, Campbell the Vaitai. updated the media onConsidering he had back surgery this week, he still had a chance to make a comeback this season.
“He will definitely be out here for a while. But we are not ruling out that he hasn’t worked for the season.”
Offensive line coach Hank Fraley also spoke to the media about Waitai’s loss, as well as admitting that action is possible at some point.
“Yeah, you’re definitely going to miss Big V. It’s always hard to change. He’s great, he’s in great spirits. I was texting him and he just said, ‘I’m ready to go’ I’ll be there, coach,’ so I can’t wait for that.
Onwuzurike was added to injured reserve on Saturday and will be eligible to return in Week 5.
“Yeah, just it’s still the same issue, and it’s slow going right now. So, we don’t feel like there’s a setback, but still it’s not progressing in the way that we would expect. “
- RB D’Andre Swift (ankle) — new injury
- C Frank Ragno (Waist) – Downgraded from Limited on Friday
- LT Taylor Decker (calf) – new injury
- IOL Tommy Kramer (back)
- DT Michael Brockers (knee)—new injury
During the exercise, Decker was seen in a sleeve on his left calf. It’s probably a good sign that he was out for practice, but it’s never good to miss practice. If he can’t go, the Lions can opt to move Penny Sewell to a left tackle or simply put Matt Nelson in his place.
Because Campbell spoke before practice, we have no information from the team about Swift’s condition. The Lions signed Justin Jackson from the practice squad to the active roster on Wednesday, but it was likely a move that was going to happen with an open position on the roster and given that he is the team’s kick returner.
Brockers played only 28 snaps against the Eagles on Sunday, so it’s possible he was limited by a knee injury in the opener.
- G Jonah Jackson (finger)—new injury
- S Ifetu Melifonvu (Hamstrings)
Jackson is now the fourth offensive lineman to deal with an injury: (Decker: calf, Jackson: finger, Ragno: groin, Waitai: back). Finger injuries can be difficult, as we saw with Decker last year, but will hopefully be considered less serious.
Melifonwu is just starting his second week of practice and with just four under his belt, it’s hard to say whether he will return to action this week, but signs are pointing up.
- EDGE Julian Okwara (hamstring) — upgrade from limited on Friday
This marks the start of the third week of practice for Okawara and based on what we have seen during the re-adaptation of the previous player this season, he could be in line to see the field this weekend.
No longer listed with injury
- EDGE John Kominsky (disease)
- LB Chris Board (Knee)
- Kay Austin Seibert (right waist)
Kominski seemed to be recovering from his brief illness last weekend and was able to play 28 snaps on defense. The board played on 31 snaps but also contributed on 26 special teams snaps—84 percent of the previous week’s chances. Speaking of special teams, he played on all his 11 occasions and looked fine kicking the ball.
Commander’s injury report
Here’s a look at the commanders’ initial injury report: