Thursday marked the first time T.J. Lang was a full participant in practice since he suffered a scary-looking concussion against the Dallas Cowboys. The concussion suffered that Sunday was at least the fifth of his career, and many questioned whether it was worth it for the 31-year-old to return to football at all.
Lang, apparently, had a lot of questions of his own. The offensive lineman told reporters on Thursday that he spent the bye week with his wife visiting multiple medical specialists to discuss his situation and his future in football.
“The guys here, the trainers, doctors, everybody that’s really involved in my personal life did a good job setting me up with high-end experts and doctors and neurologists that I could talk to,” Lang said. “I reached out to a lot of them and tried to gather as much information as I could.
The Detroit Lions have a relatively short injury list, and it looks like most of the players that are on it are trending towards playing this week.
Of the seven players currently dealing with an injury, five of them were full participants in Thursday’s practice. That includes starting right guard T.J. Lang, who is working his way through concussion protocol. Now that he’s fully participated in practice, he’s very likely to play this week.
The same goes for Michael Roberts, who was limited in practice Wednesday, but was full participant Thursday. Roberts has been out since Week 2 but looks like he’ll be ready to return against the Dolphins.
However, Ezekiel Ansah remains just limited in practice with a shoulder injury suffered in Week 1.
The Cowboys are chugging along toward their clash with Washington this Sunday. As always, injuries are a big part of how a game plays out. With that in mind, we go to the injury report.
First, Sean Lee thinks he’s ready to play on Sunday.
Looking pretty good for Sean Lee playing on Sunday. “The veteraness part of Sean, the fits, the leadership, that presence, his presence is so good,” Rod Marinelli said. “He’s decided he’s ready to go. We’ll wait to the end of the week but so far, so good.”— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) October 18, 2018
We’ll have to see if the Cowboys decide to do that, or do they wait until after the bye week. Lee was a full participant in today’s practice. If he does return, the Cowboys will have to figure out a rotation between Lee, Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch.
As I reminded you in these pages about a month ago, Chiefs linebacker Dee Ford has had a career full of ups and downs in Kansas City.Ford, 27, was an unexpected selection for the Chiefs in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. But with Justin Houston and Tamba Hali entrenched as starters, Ford was seen as a developmental player and got little playing time in his rookie season.
In 2015 — thanks to an injury to Justin Houston — he got a chance to start five games. But outside of an explosive game against the San Diego Chargers, Ford didn’t do much to impress Chiefs fans and was still considered by most to be a player who had not justified his first-round selection.
That would change in 2016, when Ford would collect 10 sacks, 17 quarterback hits and a dozen tackles for loss in 13 starts.