Headed into the Lions' first game against Tampa Bay, the team finds themselves in a relatively healthy position. During the preseason, there were few serious injuries that will prove to be detrimental to the Lions' opening week cause.
Here are the major names involved in the injury report heading into the first game against the Buccaneers:
DE Kyle Vanden Bosch: Will play.
Vanden Bosch sat out the final two preseason games of the year with a shoulder injury he sustained against the Cleveland Browns in the second preseason contest. Vanden Bosch had previously stated that if it were the regular season, the injury would not have been enough to keep him out, and he has been sitting out practices here and there. You will see Vanden Bosch on Sunday afternoon. He's a gamer.
DT Nick Fairley: Out
In Fairley's case, we have known for some time that he would likely miss the opener. His foot injury is progressing, given he is no longer using a walking boot, but he is not practicing, nor will he suit up for game one. Fairley could miss a few early games as the staff attempts to heal him completely. There is no need to rush his timetable, seeing as defensive tackle is already a strong position on the defense.
OL Jason Fox: Out
Like Fairley, Fox sustained a foot injury, but has had his walking boot removed as well. Fox has been sitting out practice and will miss the first game of the year.
CB Alphonso Smith: Out.
Smith practiced for the first time on Monday, and that is a good sign for the Lions' secondary. Coming off a fractured foot himself, he needs more time to get up to complete game speed.
RB Maurice Morris: Probable.
Morris practiced on Monday for the first time since he broke a bone in his hand. He was without cast, so that is a good sign as far as the healing process is concerned. Don't expect him to see huge minutes against the Buccaneers, however. Keiland Williams, Jerome Harrison and Jahvid Best is a nice enough tandem until Morris is fully healed and can get back into the flow. He may get some work against Tampa.
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