Detroit Lions Injury Designations: Jonah Jackson OUT, 4 questionable starters vs. Vikings

The Detroit Lions have declared their designation for injury ahead of their Week 3 bout with the Minnesota Vikings, and while they will still miss their Pro Bowl left guard Jonah Jackson, it looks like they will reprise All-Pro center Frank Ragnow in la training.

Note: Any changes from yesterday’s injury report will be in bold.

Excluding

  • G Jonah Jackson (finger)
  • DL John Cominsky (wrist)

Jackson has been skipping workouts all week, and although he’s been seen moving well, he’s still not able to go this week. Lions have options to replace Jackson as left guard, including moving reserve center Evan Brown to left guard, but don’t be surprised if the team asks Dan Skipper to start over this week. Skipper possesses the natural power that Lions crave in the guard position, and he performed very well last week, especially in the racing game.

Cominsky underwent wrist surgery on Tuesday and is expected to be out “some time,” so this designation was anticipated. It seems natural for Lions to keep Austin Bryant active this week to fill the depth as EDGE – it was a healthy scratch last week – but Cominsky’s biggest impact was from the inside, so keep an eye out for UDFA rookie Demetrius Taylor as a potential option for the sub-package’s internal pass rusher role.

Questionable

  • RB D’André Swift (ankle)
  • TE TJ Hockenson (hip)
  • C Frank Ragnow (foot)
  • EDGE Aidan Hutchinson (thigh) – returned to training on Friday

Swift got two limited training sessions this week, and although the Lions have taken a cautious approach to managing injuries, he is expected to play on Sunday. “I think he’s fine,” Campbell assured during the Friday press conference.

Hockenson has been in three limited training sessions this week and the buzz surrounding him has been almost silent, which is generally a strong indicator that the team is not interested in his status.

Ragnow also participated in three limited trials this week and saw the level of participation slowly increase each day. The first signs are that she will return to the starting lineup this week, provided that her medical checkup on Saturday is positive.

“Yeah, okay,” Campbell said of Ragnow’s potential comeback. “Listen, I don’t want to go that far yet. I mean, it’s definitely a step in the right direction. I’d say it’s trendy that way, but we want to see how it performs today and then we’ll wake up tomorrow and see where it is. But of course, if it can come back, it sure helps. It would be nice to have it back. “

Hutchinson returned to training on Friday and spoke to the media upon his conclusion, which is always a good sign that the team believes a player will play in the next game. Hutchinson pushed that narrative further, insisting that he “feels good” and that he “will be fine” to play on Sunday.

Not listed with an injury designation

  • CB Amani Oruwariye (back)
  • S Tracy Walker (unrelated to injury)
  • S JuJu Hughes (shoulder)
  • S Ifatu Melifonwu (hamstring)

Oruwariye looks like he will be returning to the starting lineup this week as well, as he has put together full back-to-back participation practices and is no longer listed with an injury designation.

Hughes was limited only on Wednesday and has been training in full since then. Expect him to be ready to go.

Melifonwu has had a full week of rehearsals and, after two weeks of limitations, he finally seems ready to contribute. How much and where is yet to be defined, but a role in the special teams seems likely.

Walker’s absence has not yet been officially explained, but he doesn’t carry a designation in this game, suggesting he’ll be ready to go to Minnesota on Sunday.

Injury designations of the Vikings

It seems that the Vikings will be left without Harrison Smith initial safety that has yet to pass the league’s concussion protocols. This would be a major blow to their secondary and will likely be replaced by a combination of former Michigan safety Josh Metelus and first-round pick Lewis Cine, who has only played on a defensive snap this season.

Here’s the rest of the Vikings injury report, including the addition of linebacker Eric Kendricks with a toe injury. It was limited on Friday and questionable for Sunday, but The Viking camp is optimistic that it will play.

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