When receiver Rashied Davis is playing in the defensive backfield with the game — and possibly the Lions’ playoff hopes — hanging in the balance, there’s clearly an issue with injuries.
“Obviously, we had a lot of guys that weren’t able to finish the game and again we got some offensive help,” Lions coach Jim Schwartz said during Monday’s press conference with the media.
“The whole last couple of drives, pretty much the whole fourth quarter, we didn’t have a nickel defense.”
But help could be to the rescue for Schwartz and the Lions this week.
“We’re going to have a lot of guys that are close this week,” he said. “Including guys that didn’t play in this game.”
That might possibly include safety Louis Delmas, corner Chris Houston, defensive end Lawrence Jackson, defensive tackle Nick Fairley and running back Kevin Smith.
Both Delmas and Houston have missed the Lions’ last two games after suffering sprained MCL’s against the Packers on Thanksgiving.
Schwartz said it was too early to tell definitively on Monday whether some of those players will be back, but is hopeful at least some can return for Sunday’s game in Oakland.
Jackson hasn’t played since the Bears game Oct. 13 with a deep thigh bruise.
Smith, who missed the Vikings game with a high ankle sprain, will have another week to get back on the field. He played after 10 days rest between Thanksgiving and the New Orleans games.
Fairley missed Sunday’s game after re-aggravating a foot injury against the Saints a week prior.
Davis was forced into action Sunday when starting corners Aaron Berry and Eric Wright left with injuries.
Berry hurt a shoulder making a tackle in the in the first half and didn’t return.
“It’s still too early to tell, but the initial test or results sort of lead us to believe that he has a chance to be able to come back,” Schwartz said of Berry on Monday.
Wright (hamstring) was able to come back into the game in the fourth quarter but was only able to play because the Lions were in Cover-2 and he wasn’t running well.
“It was a difficult situation but we were able to get through it,” Schwartz said. “However we did, we got through it.
“Optimistic we will get a significant portion of those guys back. Again, we don’t have anything that is a season-ender.”
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