DETROIT — The Lions’ injury woes have spread to the defense, where starting cornerback Amani Oruwariye has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Washington Commanders.
Oruwariye was a late scratch because of a back injury that popped up when he reported to practice on Thursday. He tried to stretch out the injury with a trainer for a few minutes, before eventually heading back inside the facility, shaking his head in frustration. He has not practiced since and was officially listed as questionable for the game.
Now Oruwariye has been officially lost, dealing a huge blow to a secondary that has to deal with the Commanders’ talented receiver corps. They passed for the fifth-most yards in Week 1.
Detroit is expected to turn to converted safety Will Harris for an emergency start, although slot cornerback Mike Hughes could also flex outside. Rookie cornerback Chase Lucas has also been activated for the first time, and could make his NFL debut.
The injury issues are even more profound on offense, where Pro Bowl guard Jonah Jackson has been stretched because of a finger injury. He was originally listed as questionable for the game, then downgraded to doubtful over the weekend. With center Frank Ragnow (snout/foot) and guard Halapoulivaati Vaitai (back) already ruled out, Detroit is without its entire interior offensive line for a matchup with a talented Commanders defensive line.
Recently acquired offensive linemen Drew Fords and Kayode Awosika are both active to help get through the game.
The rest of the inactives: Edge rusher Austin Bryant, safety Ifaatu Melifonwu and tight end James Mitchell.
Bryant is a healthy scratch who didn’t make the playing rotation now that Julian Okwara is back.
The good news is running back D’Andre Swift has been cleared to play. He’s been battling ankle soreness since the opener and practiced only on Friday.