Lions DE Da’Shawn Hand returns against Giants; Slay, Strong, Daniels out

DETROIT — While the Lions’ defensive line will welcome Da’Shawn Hand for his first game of the season, Detroit will be missing a few key elements facing the N.Y. Giants today at Ford Field.

The Lions (2-3-1) hope to snap their three-game losing streak against the Giants (2-7).

Cornerback Darius Slay (hamstring) was declared out on Friday. This will be second game he has missed in last four weeks.

Defensive tackle Mike Daniels (foot) will miss his fourth straight game. Also, cornerback Amani Oruwariye (knee) is out. He’s played in just one of the first seven games.

Defensive tackle Kevin Strong, who had a good game against the Vikings, is out. He was not on the injury report this week.

Damon “Snacks” Harrison (groin) is active after being listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report.

Fullback Nick Bawden (foot) is also active after being listed as questionable.

Other Lions inactives: QB David Blough, guard Beau Benzschawel and OL Oday Oboushi.

 

 

 

Quandre Diggs returns for Lions vs. Vikings; Darius Slay also good to go

DETROIT — The Lions defense will be bolstered with cornerback Darius Slay (hamstring) and safety Quandre Diggs (hamstring) active against the Minnesota Vikings today.

Diggs, who missed the loss at Green Bay, and Slay were both limited in practice this week and listed as questionable for today’s game. Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins will challenge the Lions’ secondary so having Diggs and Slay should help

Right tackle Rick Wagner (knee) is active after he was limited in practice on Wednesday but had full workouts on Thursday and Friday.

Fullback Nick Bawden (back), who was limited in practice on Friday, is also active.

Defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand has missed every game this season with an elbow injury.

Defensive tackle Mike Daniels (foot) and cornerback Amani Oruwariye (knee) were declared inactive on Friday’s injury report. It’s the third straight game that Daniels has missed and second for Oruwariye.

Other Lions inactives: QB David Blough, guard Beau Benzschawel, offensive lineman Oday Aboushi and running back Tra Carson who was awarded to the Lions this week via waivers.

The Lions have lost three straight to the Vikings. Detroit’s last win against Minnesota was at Ford Field on Oct. 1, 2017.

 

Detroit Lions Stafford active against Chiefs; Slay, Amendola sidelined

It is 132nd straight start for Stafford

DETROIT — Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford will get his 132nd straight start today against the Kansas City Chiefs at Ford Field.

Cornerback Darius Slay and wide receiver Danny Amendola are both inactive.

Stafford showed up on the injury report for the first time on Friday. A hip injury limited his practice on Friday. He was not on the injury list Wednesday and Thursday. His presence could not be more important with two backups just getting familiar with the Lions’ offense. David Blough and Jeff Driskel are both active which might be an indication that Stafford may not be able to go the distance.

Slay, who injured a hamstring last Sunday, was limited in practice all week and was also listed as questionable. The defense  will miss Slay going up against quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs’ offense which averages 487 yards per game (second best in the NFL).

Amendola was limited in practice all week after a chest injury sustained in last Sunday’s win at Philadelphia. The Lions have plenty of offensive weapons, but certainly Amendola would’ve been an added benefit

Defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand (elbow) was listed as questionable and is out.

Defensive tackle Mike Daniels (foot) was listed as out on Friday.

Other Lions inactives: RB Paul Perkins, G Beau Benzschawel and OL Oday Aboushi.