Detroit Lions Notes From 9-30-14

Yesterday yielded some interesting information on the Detroit Lions front.  We received a little bit of new information regarding injury statuses.  I also want to touch on some things from Sunday’s game and some things that will be coming up this week.

  • Joseph Fauria elaborated on the cause of his injury.  He said that he was trying to stop his 3 month old puppy from urinating in the house and missed a few steps coming down the stairs.  As a result, he sprained his ankle and is currently in a walking boot.  I do not expect him to be available this week and possibly next week.
  • Joique Bell left Sunday’s game with concussion like symptoms.  Jim Caldwell chose not to speak about injuries on Monday so Bell’s status is currently unknown.
  • Theo Riddick also left Sunday’s game with an injury.  I am told that he tweaked his hamstring and should be fine for this week’s gave against Buffalo.
  • Montell Owens also left Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury.  His status is currently unknown.
  • Calvin Johnson was visibly limited on Sunday as his ankle was still bothering him.  Coach Caldwell used him more or less as a decoy, but had plans to use him more if needed.  Johnson finished with 2 catches for 12 yards.  He stated he is okay and expects to play against Buffalo.  His availability is still unknown at this point.
  • Darius Slay recorded his first career interception on Sunday against the Jets.
  • Eric Ebron recorded his first career touchdown on Sunday against the Jets.
  • LaAdrian Waddle expects to play this week.  He has been out for the past 3 weeks with a calf injury, but he stated that he was close to playing against the Jets.  While game designations will not happen until Friday, it is positive for a struggling offensive line to hear that their right tackle may be ready to play this week.
  • James Ihedigbo returned to action for the first time in the regular season for the Detroit Lions.  He has been out with a neck injury.  His presence was felt as he forced a fumble on a sack on Sunday.
  • The return of Ihedigbo brought some questions in the secondary as Isa Adbul-Quddus has played real well all season.  Those questions were answered though when Detroit decided to play Glover Quin as the nickel back and Abdul-Quddus played free safety with Ihedigbo playing strong safety.  It was nice to have too many quality starters at safety for a change.
  • Finally, Buffalo announced that EJ Manuel will not start against Detroit this week.  They have made a change at quarterback and will start Kyle Orton in his place.  Orton, who is 4-0 in his career against Detroit, was signed in the offseason by Buffalo when Dallas released him.

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