A major scare happened for the Detroit Lions yesterday while playing in Oakland and no it wasn’t the Raiders fans. Matthew Stafford watched in horror as his left hand blew up on the sideline after Dave Tollefson drove him to the ground after an incomplete pass. While falling to the ground Tollefson helmet and Stafford’s left hand collided. It looked very bad for Stafford with bandages and a brace being applied, but the team and the city were relieved when X-rays were negative. Stafford was 8-10 for 68 yards before the injury, and he is not expected (like almost every other regular starter in the NFL) to play in the last pre-season game but should be ready for their opening game versus the St Louis Rams on September 9th.
Stafford wasn’t the only injury the Raiders inflicted upon the Lions. The Raiders roughed up two cornerbacks in Bill Bentley and Chris Houston. Bentley has a shoulder injury while Houston has an ankle injury. Running Back Kevin Smith left the game with what looked like a serious ankle injury, but his X-ray’s like Staffords were negative. A lot of injuries but all of these players without any setbacks are expected to be on the playing field week one.
The scariest part of the game really should be that Mikel Leshoure has not established anything so far in the pre-season. Even though he is suspended for the first two games, Leshoure is able to practice and play in the pre-season. He has dressed for the pre-season, but he has hardly played or impressed, and when he’s been given the ball it hasn’t been very productive. Leshoure carried 5 times for 1 yard and had 1 catch for 6 yards. The Lions have a lot of hope that he will be RB1 after his suspension, but his pre-season production diminishes that anticipation!
It was BEARly worth mentioning, but they are our rival!