The Detroit Lions had very little chance of securing the No. 2 seed in Week 18, but head coach Dan Campbell had his starters play full out and it ended up costing them, but how much it cost them is unknown at this point. Wide receiver Kalif Raymond looks like he will miss this week, but star rookie tight end Sam LaPorta does have an “outside chance to play,” per Dan Campbell.
LaPorta suffered a hyperextension and bone bruise on his knee and though he likely wouldn’t be 100%, he could end up playing. Travis Kelce suffered a similar injury a couple days before opening day this season and ended up missing the game, but it sounded like he might have been able to give it a go if it were a more important game. We can’t count him out just yet.
Campbell says they won’t look outside the building for a replacement. Many were calling for the team to sign TE Zach Ertz, but it doesn’t look like that will happen just yet.
Sam LaPorta injury updates
Friday update: LaPorta was listed as a full practice participant on Friday. He is questionable heading into the weekend.
Friday update: LaPorta is practicing on Friday. The final injury report will come out later this afternoon, but it is at least a step in the right direction that he is back on the practice field.
Thursday PM update: Some good news for LaPorta’s availability, as he was able to get a few reps in after practice and he said that he is “optimistic” about playing, per Dave Birkett. He was officially listed as not practicing since that work came after practice.
Thursday update: LaPorta once again wasn’t practicing on Thursday, per Jeremy Reisman. I expect him to at least give his injury a test on Friday, but so far the news isn’t great.
Wednesday update: Head coach Dan Campbell said that LaPorta was out for the team’s walk-through on Wednesday and that he is improving. Still, Campbell said that the rookie tight end’s status won’t be known until Friday afternoon.
Update: LaPorta suffered a hyperextension and bone bruise in his knee in Week 18 against the Vikings.