Detroit Lions Week 3 injury report: D'Andre Swift returns to practice, Aidan Hutchinson still out

Detroit Lions Week 3 injury report: D’Andre Swift returns to practice, Aidan Hutchinson still out

The Detroit Lions are heading into a Week 3 game with the Minnesota Vikings and they are slowly recovering injured starters on the practice field. There were a few key players left for the Lions, but just about everyone seemed to be heading in the right direction for Sunday.

Note: Any changes from yesterday’s injury report will be in bold.

no practice

  • G Jonah Jackson (finger)
  • EDGE Aidan Hutchinson (thigh)
  • DL John Cominsky (wrist)
  • S Tracy Walker (not injury related)

While Cominsky will be out for a while, there are promising signs for Jonah Jackson and Aidan Hutchinson. Both players moved quite well on the pitch, although they were not dressed or considered even limited participants in training. Jackson seemed to shoot very well out of position, while Hutchinson worked the sacks at almost full speed.

Earlier in the week, coach Dan Campbell seemed to suggest Hutchinson will be fine, while Jackson’s status is a bit more up in the air this week.

If Jackson can’t go, it seems, based on practice observations, the Lions will likely stay with Dan Skipper again, although he will have to be promoted from the practice squad for the second week in a row. .

As for Walker, his absence was not injury-related. We have no information on why he missed training, but as Tim Twentyman of pointed outhis wife expects to have a baby soon.

Limited practice

  • RB D’Andre Swift (ankle) – updated from no practice on Wednesday
  • TE TJ Hockenson (hip)
  • C Frank Ragnow (foot)

Swift got what appeared to be a scheduled rest day on Wednesday and was back on the court Thursday. Swift’s ankle is progressing but was still bothering him in his last media conversation, so expect the Lions to continue to slow down with their superstar.

Hockenson is new this week, but after starring in 89% of offensive shots on Sunday and back-to-back limited training, he looks to be on track to play this weekend.

Ragnow now has two limited practices under his belt, but it’s still a bit too early to say he’ll be ready to face the Vikings. Evan Brown remains a very viable option to play at center if Ragnow is unable to leave.

Complete practice

  • CB Amani Oruwariye (back) – updated from Wednesday limited
  • S JuJu Hughes (shoulder) – updated from limited Wednesday
  • S Ifetu Melifonwu (hamstrings)

Oruwariye suffered a back injury a week ago so it’s still a bit early to expect him to be 100% ready, but limited training followed by full training is definitely encouraging.

Hughes has been a big contributor on special teams against the commanders and special teams coordinator Dave Fipp is sure to hope that shoulder injury won’t hold him back.

“Yeah, that was great,” Fipp told media on Thursday. “JuJu did a great job in the last game. He had about four tackles or was part of four of those kickoffs, which was huge…but at the end of the day, my God, he ran there down there and did a great job of covering it, so it was exciting to see.”

Melifonwu continues to trend towards full recovery and eventual activation for this weekend’s game. Where he fits in and what his role will be – especially with the rise of JuJu Hughes – remains to be seen, but if he is active he believes he will be a special teams contributor at the very least.

Vikings Injury Report

Here’s a look at the Vikings injury report on Thursday:

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