The Lions have to be relieved the ankle injury Jarrad Davis suffered in Detroit’s 24-20 loss to Buffalo on Friday isn’t serious.
The linebacker injured his ankle when his legs got tangled up trying to make a tackle in the preseason matchup. He was assisted off the field after just two plays and couldn’t put weight on his right leg after the incident.
The injury seemed serious at the time, as he had to be carted to the locker room.
But Detroit’s coach Matt Patricia told reporters he doesn’t expect Davis to go on the injured reserve or miss the rest of the season on Saturday following an MRI.
Davis was diagnosed with a high-ankle sprain and may sit out for a few games early in the year, according to a report from NFL.com.
#Lions coach Matt Patricia spoke to local reporters on a conference call and said the ankle injury to LB Jarrad Davis is not season-ending and he doesn’t anticipate putting him on Injured Reserve. Unexpectedly good news.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 24, 2019
Davis is an essential part of the Lions’ defense, as the 24-year-old is slotted to be the team’s starting linebacker in 2019 and led the team in tackles last year, notching 73.
It appears like Detroit has avoided a major blow as the regular season approaches. It’ll need to be at full strength if it hopes to improve upon last year’s campaign.
The Lions were a middle-of-the-road team defensively in 2018 and gave up 22.5 points per game — which ranked 16th in the NFL — alongside the Steelers. They finished the year with a 6-10 record and were last in the NFC North.