Heading into this week, the Lions will be down a key offensive lineman, a starting defender and a running back who emerged on the scene in a big way in Week 10. They are also likely to be down a quarterback as well, making the task of finding their first win even more daunting.
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The injury designations are in and they paint a tough picture for the Lions already, and it could get worse by game time. Here’s a look:
Lions Week 11 Injury Report vs. Browns
Goff is the headliner here for the Lions, and it looks as if Tim Boyle is indeed going to be the starter for Sunday’s game. Otherwise, the Lions will be down Flowers, Jefferson and Nelson, all of whom played a huge role in helping the team secure a Week 10 tie on the field. Decker being questionable also hurts. The Lions will have to hope that Swift, Walker, Williams and Jacobs can return to provide a boost in depth for the team as a whole. There’s enough to be concerned about.
Earlier this season, it seemed as if the Lions and Browns would be two teams heading in opposite directions. Many believed the Browns would be Super Bowl contenders, and while it seemed like that would be the case, things have changed for them in a hurry this season. Cleveland sits at 5-5 on the season and is in desperate need of a bounce-back win after an ugly loss to New England. They may have injury problems with quarterback Baker Mayfield, who has struggled at times this season.
Detroit, on the other hand, has to feel good about where they are at after competing hard and earning a tie. The Lions’ offense looks to be able to run the ball well, and the defense is keeping the team competitive and in games. To that end, the Lions are improved as an 0-8-1 team and perhaps a bit better than their record might suggest. This will be a big challenge for the Browns as it relates to not overlooking a hungry team that can sneak up on opponents this year.
Injury may end up playing a big role in whether or not the Lions can make anything happen, and they have some big ones to remember this weekend.
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