To add injury to insult, the Lions walk away from the 31-3 thumping from the New England Patriots with more than a bruised ego.
Wins and losses don’t seem to matter when it comes to the NFL preseason. The 0-16 Lions were undefeated in preseason, so it’s not a precursor to the regular season. The main concern is that everyone is able to escape healthy.
Unfortunately for Detroit, five players were unable to return to action due to injury concerns.
The most gruesome injury, and the one that will have the most impact on the regular season, happened to Jermaine Kearse.
Matthew Stafford’s backup, Tom Savage, watched the rest of the game from the sideline following back-to-back sacks. Savage’s head bounced off the turf on the second sack.
Third-string running back Zach Zenner spent some time in the medical tent and didn’t return.
Defensive tackles Darius Kilgo and P.J. Johnson both suffered leg injuries that landed them in the locker room.
The Lions turn their attention to the Houston Texans, who they will play August 17, in hopes of having a better performance and to walk away healthy.