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Latest injury updates for Lions TE Sam LaPorta ahead of Divisional game vs. Buccaneers

Lions TE is dealing with a knee injury going into the Divisional round. We provide the latest updates and analysis.

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The Detroit Lions will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for their NFC Divisional round matchup this Sunday and rookie tight end Sam LaPorta is still dealing with a knee injury ahead of the contest. He suffered the injury in their regular season finale against the Minnesota Vikings two weeks ago, but was able to suit up for last Sunday’s Wild Card win over the Los Angeles Rams.

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Sam LaPorta injury updates

Friday update: The Lions are listing LaPorta as questionable to play in the Divisional Round vs. the Bucs on Sunday afternoon. LaPorta was able to play through a Week 18 injury last week and help Detroit advance with a 24-23 win over the Rams. LaPorta was able to play on 80% of the offensive snaps but backup TE Brock Wright got plenty of work as well. If LaPorta were to be held out, Wright likely sees around 75% of the offensive snaps with James Mitchell also working in.

Thursday update: Detroit listed LaPorta as a limited participant in practice on Thursday. He was listed as a full participant on Wednesday, although that was an estimation as the Lions ran a walkthrough. The team would hope to have him back out on the field for this Divisional round matchup as he’s been a major player in the offense all season long. Even with the injured knee, he still caught a touchdown pass in Sunday’s victory over the rams.

If he’s unable to go, backup Brock Wright would step up in his place.