Detroit Lions Week 8 injury report: AJ Parker, Jerry Jacobs miss practice on Thursday

After running a walkthrough on Wednesday, the Detroit Lions were back on the training field Thursday as they prepared to host the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 8. At the beginning of the week there was some optimism as everyone was supposed to train on Wednesday, but that mirage quickly subsided on Thursday when two starting corners were missing.

But first, let’s take a quick look at the Lions slated to return from injured reserve players.

Back to the practice, still on IR

  • LT Taylor Decker (Finger) – Day 16 of the 21-day evaluation period
  • DL Kevin Strong (thigh) – Day 16 of the 21 day evaluation period
  • DL Da’Shawn Hand (groin) – Day 9 of the 21-day evaluation period

Decker was again out of practice today and missed the sixth training session in a row. Not ideal. The Lions still have a vacancy on their roster, and even if Decker doesn’t seem ready to step in, it is possible that either Hand or Strong will be ready to do so this weekend.

Now let’s take a closer look at Thursday’s official injury report.

No practice

  • CB AJ Parker (neck)
  • CB Jerry Jacobs (disease)

As Jeremy Reisman pointed out this afternoon, the Lions cornerback depth chart is getting woefully thin and the team could turn to another undrafted rookie to take on a starting role.

Ideally, Jacob’s illness will pass this weekend and he is ready to keep a starting role.

Limited practice

  • TE TJ Hockenson (knee / ankle)
  • RB D’Andre Swift (groin)
  • RB Jamaal Williams (thigh)
  • EDGE Trey Flowers (knee)

Williams is new to the report today. It’s possible that this was an ongoing problem that cropped up after the game or that he hurt it in training today. Unfortunately we won’t know until tomorrow.

Par for the course with the remaining trio. Everyone has only trained to a limited extent in the last few weeks, but were able to contribute their typical amount on match days.

Full practice

Full training for Cabinda confirms Wednesday’s forecast and bodes well for his availability on Sunday. Although his offensive snaps have been limited lately, he’s still a force on special teams.

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