NOTEBOOK: Injury updates and roster moves

Posted Aug 21, 2015

Tim Twentyman covers all of the news from Friday's practice including injury updates, roster moves and more.

The Detroit Lions are going to have to get by, at least for “a little while” without starting right guard Larry Warford and starting defensive tackle Caraun Reid.

Both suffered ankle injuries in Thursday night’s preseason loss in Washington. The Lions have not released the severity of those injuries, but they are both believed to be high ankle sprains.

“Yeah. You know, it’s going to be a little while, but I’m not certain,” head coach Jim Caldwell said after Friday’s walk-thru practice. “I couldn’t give you an exact timeframe with any of those guys.”

It doesn’t look good for reserve tight end Jordan Thompson, however. Caldwell called his knee injury “pretty significant.”

Reserve linebacker Kevin Snyder didn’t take part in Friday's practice and had a heavy wrap on his injured hand.

Ziggy Ansah, who limped off in the first quarter in Washington, was held out of practice on Friday. Linebacker Kyle Van Noy appeared to be a limited participant in practice.

“They’ve got a bit of an injury, so we’ll see how long it takes them to get back,” Caldwell said of Ansah and Van Noy.

On a positive note, Alex Carter participated in part of practice and Caldwell said it shouldn’t be long before he rejoins practice full time.

Carter has been out since late July with an ankle injury.


Though likely not official until tomorrow, the Lions plan to part ways with veteran safety Taylor Mays and undrafted rookie receiver Jarred Haggins.

The NFL Network first reported the release of Mays, who was not at practice Friday after being a healthy scratch against the Redskins the night before.

Taylor MaysS Taylor Mays (Photo: Detroit Lions)

“Nothing has been official yet,” Caldwell said. “It’s something that, you know, obviously within the next 24 hours, it’ll make itself a little bit more clear.

“You know, it’s just kind of one of those things where everybody’s got to perform. He gave it his best.”

Haggins announced his release on Twitter.

“I'm no longer with the Detroit Lions. I got cut today. I'm telling y'all now I don't want no pity party feelings toward me. It's not my time yet,” he wrote.


With Warford sitting out of practice, veteran Taylor Boggs filled his spot with the first-team offense on Friday.

Laken Tomlinson played right guard in college, but the Lions have been training him to play left guard since the draft.

If Warford is out for a significant amount of time, it’s unclear how the Lions will approach the right guard spot. Will they move Manny Ramirez over and keep Tomlinson at left guard? Will Tomlinson move over? Could Boggs keep the job?

“You know, those guys are all interchangeable in there and that’s the great thing about that position,” Caldwell said. “I mean, more often than not, the guys play center, play both guard positions, they need that kind of flexibility, particularly the way in which it adjusts according to how many guys we dress for a game. We usually have an inside rotation guy and an outside rotation guy, so there’s some flexibility there.”

But Caldwell said there are always other factors to consider, too.

“You have to look at it and see, you know, the experience of a guy, where he is, if you think it might disrupt his learning, you know, those kinds of things, so that all has to be weighed and measured,” he said.

Tomlinson said after practice that he can play either guard spot if needed.