Both the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys are 4-3, and today’s 1:00 p.m. ET game at Ford Field should be an excellent battle between both of these teams. It’s a key in-conference game for both sides, and below are the injury reports for both teams. As always, I try to add some notes to a few of the injuries to help give some of them context.
RT Corey Hilliard (knee)- He injured his knee in last week’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals, and his fate for this week’s contest was sealed when the Lions had to sign Barry Richardson. Hopefully Richardson doesn’t see the field, because his track record as a starter is quite awful. The Lions were forced to sign Richardson due to major depth issues at tackle, as the Lions have three offensive tackles listed on the injury report (Hilliard is ruled out, two others are questionable).
WR Nate Burleson (forearm)- He started lifting weights again, but he’s still likely a few weeks away from making his return.
LT Riley Reiff (hamstring)- I would be surprised if he is out.
OT Jason Fox (knee)- Fox missed the past two games, but he was able to get back on the practice field this week. His status is still up-in-the-air, but there’s more optimism now than there was earlier in the week. At this point, it looks like there is more of a chance that Fox plays than not.
RB Reggie Bush (knee)- Let’s just say, you’d be insane to bench him in fantasy on the grounds of his injury; there is no doubt that he will be playing today. No doubt.
S Louis Delmas (knee)
WR Calvin Johnson (knee)- The Lions gave him a day of rest on Wednesday, and he’s obviously a full go. The only way Johnson doesn’t explode is if Brandon Carr plays like he did in Week 6, when he beasted on Pierre Garcon. Now Garcon’s great in his own right, but he’s no Megatron.
TE Brandon Pettigrew (hamstring)- He suffered a very, very minor injury at practice on Thursday.
RB Theo Riddick (concussion)
LB Ashlee Palmer (ankle)
CB Rashean Mathis (groin)
DT Andre Fluellen (concussion)