It appears that this week will be hectic in Detroit’s training facility as numerous Lions players who sustained injuries in the team’s overtime loss to the Seahawks attempt to be ready for Atlanta on Sunday.
The ankle injury James Houston, a second-year edge rusher, sustained appeared to be the most serious. After the game, head coach Dan Campbell stated that he anticipated Houston would be sidelined for a while due to this injury. That’s a significant setback for the Lions pass rush, which only managed one sack and one quarterback hit on Sunday (both coming from linebacker Alex Anzalone).
Campbell was unable to provide an update on the starting right guard Halapoulivaati Vaitai’s knee injury, which forced him to leave and not return to the game in the fourth quarter. On Monday, Campbell said, he’ll learn more about the seriousness of that injuries.
Veteran running back David Montgomery (thigh bruise) and rookie wide out Antoine Green (concussion) also left the game and did not come back. Montgomery suffered an injury while attempting to avoid Seattle linebacker Jordyn Brooks’ tackle.
Safety Kerby Joseph had a hip injury and briefly exited the game, but he later came back. After taking a brief break due to cramps, wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown returned.
The Lions have a week to recuperate, get healthy, and prepare for an Atlanta Falcons club that is 2-0 and just defeated Green Bay.