Lions DL Da'Shawn Hand Could Make Season Debut Against Vikings

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2019 was supposed to be a big year for Da'Shawn Hand. Instead, he's yet to play a game due to an elbow injury he suffered in training camp. 

That could change Sunday versus the Vikings. 

Hand was a full participant in practice on Friday for the first time this season. That bodes well for his availability on Sunday, and the Lions could use him. Their vaunted D-line hasn't lived up to expectations, and Mike Daniels has already been ruled out for the third straight game with a foot injury. 

A fourth-round pick in the 2018 draft, Hand was one of the best defensive lineman in football last season, according to Pro Football Focus. His versatility up front shined in Matt Patricia's multiple defense. He finished the year with 27 tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles.

The Lions would welcome Hand's return against a Vikings team known for controlling the line of scrimmage. He's officially listed as questionable. 

Elsewhere on the injury front, safety Quandre Diggs, cornerback Darius Slay, offensive tackle Rick Wagner and fullback Nick Bawden are also questionable for Sunday. Slay (hamstring) was able to play Monday against the Packers, so he should be good to go. Same goes for Wagner (knee), who was a full participant at Friday's practice. 

Diggs' status is still unclear. He missed the Packers game with a hamstring injury that continues to nag him. Detroit's secondary, which has been terrific this season, isn't as strong without him. 

Rookie cornerback Amani Oruwariye has been ruled out with a knee injury.