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Detroit Lions Injury Report: Key Starters Struggling with Nagging Problems

September 29th, 2012 at 2:40 PM
By Max DeMara

Tomorrow, of course, is Sunday. That means up until kickoff, agonizing about key injuries will be the focus for Detroit Lions' fans everywhere. Fortunately, one piece of good news regards the quarterback position, where it looks as if things aren't as bad as they initially appeared last Sunday.

What are the five most important injuries to watch this week, as the Lions take on the Minnesota Vikings in a physical affair?

1. Matthew Stafford: The Lions' quarterback hurt his hip chasing down a turnover last weekend in Nashville. After not practicing early in the week, Dave Birkett reported amongst all else that Stafford practiced for a second straight day, which certainly makes it look as if he's playing.

Should He Start/Sit? No question, one of the toughest players on the Lions is Stafford, the quarterback who once through a touchdown pass with a separated shoulder. Count on Stafford to be in the lineup against Minnesota, a team he had some good passing performances against last year.

2. Louis Delmas: Still a no-go for Delmas, the Lions' safety who's recovering after knee surgery. The Lions continue to wait on Delmas, and hope his knee heals up for the stretch run of the season. It's not wise to play a player too fast off surgery, so allowing Delmas time is the best move at this point, despite all the problems the Lions have had in the defensive backfield.

Should He Start/Sit? He's officially out for Sunday's game, which is the right move.

3. Corey Williams: Another knee surgery happened this week, as Williams was the latest player to go down. The defensive tackle will be on the sidelines Sunday.

Should He Start/Sit? Not much you could do here, and the Lions should be alright with plenty of depth at defensive tackle. Williams is a good pass rusher and run stuffer, but count on Sammy Lee Hill and Nick Fairley to adequately fill in against Minnesota.

4. Mikel Leshoure: A week after splashing on the scene with a great 100 yard rushing effort, Leshoure was slowed by a sore groin this week. He did practice, but is still questionable as far as starting in the backfield is concerned.

Should He Start/Sit? The Lions have some depth in the backfield with Kevin Smith, so it wouldn't be shocking to see Leshoure limited on Sunday if he's hurting. Regardless, he seemed to add a new dimension to Detroit's offense, so it wouldn't be shocking to see him getting some touches.

5. Amari Spievey: The safety position is officially in turmoil, as Spievey is now hurting with a groin problem. He's questionable on Sunday, and his absence would deal yet another blow to the Lions' secondary, which needs all the help they can get.

Should He Start/Sit? Certainly, you'd have to hope Spievey can go on Sunday, considering how thin the safety position has been and how bad the backups have performed. If both Spievey and Delmas are missing, the Lions backfield might be under the gun early once more.

Tags: Amari Spievey, Corey Williams, Detroit, Detroit Lions, Football, Matthew Stafford, Mikel Leshoure, NFL

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