Top Injuries To Impact The Lions 2018 Season
Darius Slay - Darius Slay is one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL, and has turned into one of the shutdown corners as well. Dealing with concussions to start the season is a big blow when considering their depth at the position overall. Slay will likely return early on in the season, but in a very tough NFC, you can’t slip up on some games. They also have some stronger passing games coming into town, and Slay’s presence will certainly be missed.
Ezekiel Ansah - Ezekiel Ansah is coming off a 12 sack season, which was almost on par with his 2015 season. Ansah is an edge rusher that can help generate some pressure, and missing him will be a huge loss for the first few weeks of the season. Much like Slay, Ansah’s presence will be missed, and on a defense that needs these guys it could get ugly without them. You are looking at some good teams for Detroit to face within the first few weeks of the season, and it could get ugly quick.
T.J. Lang - Detroit’s front five is already very thin, and T.J. Lang’s absence the first few weeks of the season is going to be huge. The run game has already been criticized, and the talent they have isn’t good enough to get by with a subpar offensive line. Kenny Wiggins is likely going to be the guy who draws the start, which isn’t a comfortable outlook for the first few weeks of the season. It is a back issue that is hindering Lang, and still not practicing, Lang is set to miss the first few weeks of the season for sure. He suffered a foot injury late last year, and now hitting the age of 30, Lang might be more injury prone.
Top 5 Injuries in Lions Franchise History
Mikel Leshoure tore his Achilles back in 2011, and Lehoure was looking good for the Detroit Lions, but an Achilles tear really derailed his career. Detroit has not had a stable running game since Barry Sanders, and Leshoure wasn’t the answer. The Lions have had quite a bit of embarrassment, and Stephen Tolluch’s injury was another added insult to injury. Tolluch tore his ACL after celebrating a sack back in 2014. Tolluch was a fun defensive player to watch when healthy, and captained the Detroit Lions during his time there. Nick Fairley was a monster in college, but personal issues and injury related problems have stalled his career in the NFL. It happened in Detroit missing a lot of games with knee injuries. Fairley was eventually let go by Detroit, and has never really gotten going anywhere else. Ryan Broyles had a short NFL career with various injuries, but after leaving the NFL he started his own real estate business, which saves him from being hit. Nate Burleson had an odd injury back in 2012 after breaking his arm in a car accident reaching for pizzas, he also broke his leg the year before. Burelson had an injury plagued career on and off the field, and never got going in the NFL.