The Detroit Lions Injuries Include Bentley, Delmas and Houston

By Tina Musial

The game this week between the Detroit Lions and the San Francisco 49ers is getting a lot of hype. Since it is a Sunday night game, the network showing it is promoting it especially hard.

The other sports channels, media, analysts and the experts are all analyzing this game to death, for the most part saying how Detroit doesn’t have a chance to win in Candlestick Park, where they haven’t won a game since 1975.

But for those who believe – and as a Lions fan you always have to –  you never know which team will show up to play; The team who is on their A-game, or the team who turns the ball over, can’t catch the ball, and misses tackles.

Hearing everyone say your team doesn’t have a chance is like listening to Debbie Downer rant all week long at you. It builds a fire. You want them to win. You want them to win so bad you can taste it. You want them to win so you can post on your Facebook page “Stuff It” to all the haters.

And then the injury report comes out.

Bill Bentley is definitely out because of a concussion he suffered in the game last week. He will sit out of practice until he can pass stringent testing by doctors after a concussion is received, per the NFL rules. Lions fans should cross their fingers that he can pass the tests, and play next week.

Chris Houston is listed as doubtful. He injured his ankle and did try to practice this week, but was ineffective. It is supposedly a sprain, so he might dress and be ready to play, but only in an emergency situation.

Louis Delmas is still out and has yet to practice with the team, even though it was anticipated he would return in week 1 or 2. He was also listed as doubtful, however. It’s unclear how could he play since he hasn’t even practiced in a month or more.

So what does this mean? It means the Lions secondary is still ailing. New players were brought in to cover for injuries to the secondary, but new injuries are forcing coaches to grab yet even more replacement players. Who will start this week for Bentley, who was already a fill in? Jacob Lacey got the nod last week, so maybe Drayton Florence will as well.

The good news is that Calvin Johnson is in. He did practice Thursday and looked to be fine. Detroit fans can cross off the “Madden Curse” scare and let their hearts start beating again. Don’t let the adrenaline get to you.

At least not until Sunday night. Lions faithful need to cheer on their team, because the 49ers don’t seem to need any help – that is if you believe everything you hear and watch on TV.

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