The Detroit Lions had a quietly busy week this week. While the media was focused on the benching of Matthew Stafford, the Lions released corner Chris Owens from injured reserve. Owens, who was battling for a roster spot, was placed on IR while in the last rounds of roster cuts. The Lions also released linebacker Kevin Snyder. Snyder, who was a longshot to make the team, got hurt during preseason and was placed on injured reserve. Both players, when healthy, can sign with another team.
The Lions also announced on Tuesday that DeAndre Levy is expected to have surgery this week to fix an issue with his injured hip. He originally hurt it in the second week of preseason and re-tweaked it during the Arizona game this week. A decision on whether he goes on IR or not has not been made at this time.
The Lions have had quite a few injury updates this week. The first is that defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and safety James Ihedigbo have not practiced this week and are likely not going to play. Barring a complete reversal and one or both fully participating this week, I expect both players to be doubtful or out. Darius Slay and Golden Tate both suffered hip injuries. The cause of those injuries is not yet known, but since both practiced in limited fashion yesterday, I suspect they will play this week. Running back Joique Bell and guard Larry Warford returned to practice this week with both practicing in full. Both are expected to play this week. Eric Ebron has participated in limited fashion. While he probably wont play this week, he still is indicating that he is back so we will see.