Titans vs Lions: Friday Injury Report

Friday’s injury report has arrived and with it, at least some clarity on the Titans injury front. The Lions have also submitted their final injury report for the week. Let’s see where we stand heading into Sunday…

Titans

PlayerWednesdayThursdayFridayStatus
T Dennis Kelly (Knee)DNPDNPFull
G Rodger Saffold (Toe)DNPDNPDNPQUESTIONABLE
DT Jeffery Simmons (Knee)DNPFullFull
TE Geoff Swaim (Ankle)DNPDNPLimitedQUESTIONABLE
S Kenny Vaccaro (Illness)DNPLimitedLimitedQUESTIONABLE
WR A.J. Brown (Ankle)LimitedDNPFull
CB Kristian Fulton (Knee)LimitedFullFull
CB Adoree Jackson (Knee)LimitedLimitedLimitedQUESTIONABLE
C Ben Jones (Knee)LimitedFullFull
RB Derrick Henry (Not Injury Related)LimitedFull

THOUGHTS

As expected all week, Titans fans have nothing to worry about with Dennis Kelly, Jeffery Simmons, A.J. Brown, Ben Jones, and Derrick Henry, as all turned in full practices Friday and carry no designation for this weekend’s game.

Also practicing in full with no injury designation is rookie cornerback Kristian Fulton, who’s only appeared in five games this season and hasn’t played since the team’s Week 7 loss to Pittsburgh. It’d be great to see him get some reps at the outside corner position, where he excelled at LSU. He’s mostly played in the slot this season, but with the acquisition of Desmond King, that position is filled. Will it be Tye Smith starting on the outside with Fulton rotating in, or the other way around?

Another Titans cornerback could be making his return soon, but I’m still skeptical Adoree Jackson will be ready for Sunday. He’s only practiced in a limited fashion since getting back on the field at all, and although he’s listed as questionable, I expect him to be ruled out Sunday morning.

Another player that could be ruled out on gameday is Rodger Saffold, who left last week’s win against Jacksonville, didn’t return, and then didn’t practice all week with a “toe” injury. Kenny Vaccaro, who missed last week’s game, and Geoff Swaim are also questionable after practicing in a limited fashion Friday.

Lions

PlayerWednesdayThursdayFridayStatus
LB/FB Jason Cabinda (Illness)DNPFullFull
OL Tyrell Crosby (Ankle)DNPDNPDNPOUT
WR Kenny Golladay (Hip)DNPDNPDNPOUT
DL Da’Shawn Hand (Ankle)DNPDNPDNPOUT
C Frank Ragnow (Throat)DNPDNPDNPOUT
CB Darryl Roberts (Hip)DNPDNPDNPOUT
QB Matthew Stafford (Rib/Right Thumb)DNPDNPLimitedQUESTIONABLE
DT John Penisini (Shoulder)LimitedLimitedLimitedQUESTIONABLE
RB Adrian Peterson (Forearm)LimitedFullFull
S Tracy Walker (Shoulder)LimitedFullFull
DE Austin Bryant (Thigh)FullFullFull
S C.J. Moore (Ankle)FullFullFull

THOUGHTS

The Lions have ruled out a handful of players already, including starting right tackle Tyrell Crosby, starting wide receiver Kenny Golladay, backup defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand, and backup corner Darryl Roberts. Cornerback Desmond Trufant and rookie corner (/number three overall pick) Jeff Okudah are on Injured Reserve, meaning the Lions will be down to their fifth-string corner. Starting defensive end Trey Flowers is also on IR.

But the guys we don’t yet know about are Frank Ragnow and Matthew Stafford. Stafford is dealing with a lot of pain in his ribs due to a cartilage injury, but the veteran quarterback is well known for his toughness. Despite severe pain when he breathes and extends his arms, Stafford was on the field in a limited role for Friday’s practice. He’s reportedly going to make the trip to Tennessee and could play in Sunday’s game.

If he doesn’t, it’ll be backup Chase Daniel under center for Detroit, but under which center? Ragnow has a fractured throat, and although he finished last week’s game without allowing a sack, it’s been reported that he can’t even talk. I find it hard to believe a center could call out protections at the line of scrimmage without the ability to speak. Still, Ragnow is listed as questionable for now.

Update: The Lions have downgraded Frank Ragnow to OUT.

Be sure to check the gameday inactives for both teams to get the final injury status before Sunday’s kickoff.

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