Dave Birkett and Carlos Monarrez preview the Detroit Lions’ home game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday at Ford Field.
Dave Birkett and Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press
When Quandre Diggs wrapped up his brief and uneventful media session Thursday, the Detroit Lions safety reached down and picked up two large boxes sitting by his locker.
The left hand he broke in last week’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys, covered in a soft white cast, was no issue for perhaps the toughest player, pound-for-pound, on the team.
Diggs offered no real insight on whether he’ll play Sunday against the Packers — “I’m going to ask Miss Cleo,” he said — but by the looks of it, he’ll be on the field.
Diggs practiced on a limited basis Thursday with a solid black cast on his hand, the second straight day he’s done that, and he said the hand — which he doesn’t know how he broke — is feeling fine.
“I’m straight,” Diggs said. “You see me, I’m in a good mood.”
How effective Diggs will be playing with a broken hand is perhaps another story.
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Diggs needed help from a Lions trainer to tie his shoes during Thursday’s practice, and on Wednesday he used primarily his right hand when he tried to catch half-speed passes from Lions assistant Brian Stewart.
“There’s definitely some challenges, especially as a defensive back,” safety Glover Quin said. “You use your hands a lot. But if you can deal with the pain, you can make it. I did it my second year, broke my hand against the Jets, I think, and then I came back the next week I had a cast on, caught three picks.”
Diggs said Quin has told him the story of his three-pick game a time or two in recent days, but that there’s no comparing the two situations.
Quin’s three picks came against Tennessee Titans quarterback Rusty Smith, in Smith’s first (and only) career start. Diggs, meanwhile, will face likely Hall-of-Famer and two-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers on Sunday.
“Who was he playing as a quarterback?” Diggs asked Thursday. “Definitely not A-Rod. I got to say A-Rod, he’s top of the line, man. It ain’t many better than him.”
When NFL players exchange jerseys after games, they typically take the uniform right off their back. But Lions cornerback Darius Slay added a new twist to the jersey exchange game last week when he gave Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott a 2017 version of his jersey.
“I just kept it right there on the field,” Slay said. “I had it in a secret area.”
Slay said he gave Prescott, his old teammate at Mississippi State, the jersey he wore in last year’s home win over the Chicago Bears, when the Lions debuted their color rush uniforms.
At the time, Slay said he thought the jersey was “an exclusive one” that he wanted to keep for his own collection. When he learned the Lions were wearing their color rush jerseys again last week – the NFL relaxed its uniform rules this year to allow teams to wear color rush jerseys more than once a season – he decided to bring his old jersey for Prescott.
Asked if that was because Lions coach Matt Patricia has a rule against uniform exchanges on the field, Slay said that wasn’t the case.
“He could not get my other color rush if I had just that one,” Slay said. “I got to keep that myself. That goes into the closest.”
Cornerback Nevin Lawson missed practice Thursday with an illness, while running back LeGarrette Blount returned after sitting out Wednesday for the same reason. … Tight end Michael Roberts will miss his third straight game Sunday with a sprained knee, and the Lions are expected to be without right guard T.J. Lang because of a brain injury. … Linebacker Eli Harold remains away from the team on a personal matter.
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