Detroit Lions WR Tyrell Williams (concussion) not expected to play vs. Baltimore Ravens
Detroit Lions Tyrell Williams suffered an unnecessary and punished hit in Week 1 that left him on the league’s concussion log, and when the team started training in Week 3, his health did not improve.
On Wednesday, coach Dan Campbell met with the local media and opened with the fact that Williams’ status was unchanged and he didn’t expect to be available for this weekend’s game against the Baltimore Ravens at Ford Field.
According to the league’s protocols, Williams would have to go through a five-step process to be cleared for game action:
- Step 1: rest and relaxation
- Step 2: light aerobic activities
- Step 3: more aerobics and weight training
- Step 4: football-specific activities
- Step 5: full soccer activity
At this point it is unclear what stage Williams is in, but he has not been to the Allen Park Lions training facility since last week. So if nothing has changed as Campbell explained, Williams may still be in the early stages of recovery.
Last week, Quintez Cephus joined Williams in the starting XI, producing four receptions for 63 yards and an opening drive touchdown. Cephus would lead the recipient group with 81 percent of the offensive snaps, while Caliph Raymond and Amon-Ra St. Brown each saw over 60 percent of the snaps. Newcomer Trinity Benson saw a tick over 40 percent of the snaps, but he’s still getting used to the offensive and is someone the coaching team values a lot of. Tom Kennedy only saw four offensive snaps and KhaDarel Hodge only played in special teams and rounded off the group.
With Williams likely to miss out on yet another game, it wouldn’t be surprising to see these snaps replayed in Week 3, with possibly a slight spike in Benson’s numbers as he becomes familiar with the scheme.
Note: Defensive lineman Kevin Strong, who is also currently on the league’s concussion log is making progress and is every day, according to Campbell.