Sunday, August 26, 2012
Preseason3: Lions avoid injury catastrophe
By Kevin Seifert
Reviewing Saturday's action at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum:
Oakland Raiders 31, Detroit Lions 20
Preseason record: 1-2
Of interest: We hashed through the Lions' injury situation late Saturday night. The big news is that X-rays on quarterback Matthew Stafford's left hand were negative. Although the Lions don't provide explicit injury information, they usually differentiate between a minor injury and one that is long-term. Indications were that Stafford suffered the former when the Raiders' Dave Tollefson hit the hand and drove him into the hard infield dirt. … Running back Mikel Leshoure played in his first game since Dec. 2010, touching the ball eight times, including one play wiped out by penalty, and grossing seven yards. Six of those came on his lone pass reception. His most important accomplishment was getting his proverbial feet wet again. … Linebacker Stephen Tulloch's interception was caused when safety John Wendling knocked the ball out of the hands of Raiders receiver Eddie McGee. … It was an active night for the Lions' defensive line. Ndamukong Suh had a sack, Willie Young intercepted Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer and Nick Fairley had a tackle for loss.
Local coverage: Stafford said it was "scary" to see his hand "swelling up by the second," but added, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press: "Probably what would have happened in a regular-season game is right after it happened I would have just run up for X-rays and if they said they were negative I would have come back in the game." … The Lions' most serious injury might have been to cornerback Chris Houston (ankle), according to Chris McCosky of the Detroit News. Coach Jim Schwartz: "He was not able to return. We will have to evaluate him when we get home. Hopefully we can get him back as quick as we can." … Schwartz on the game, via Anwar S. Richardson of Mlive.com: "There were a lot of guys that didn't play their best." … Leshoure played 18 consecutive snaps, via Birkett, and said: "It felt good man. Felt good to be back on the field with my teammates, being back to football, getting a little contact out there. Definitely not where I need to be, but it felt good to get my feet wet a little bit, get out there, get a couple carries." ... Tailback Kevin Smith, via Richardson, on his sprained ankle: "It's just a minor tweak, something I'm pretty sure I can get rid of quick. Just stay in the training room. More than anything, I was very scared. Just being that I had a high ankle sprain, I know how long it took to get back healthy. It's not a high ankle sprain, so that's positive. I'll get in the treatment room and get back as soon as I can."
Up next: Thursday against Buffalo Bills