High-ankle sprain for Lions’ Jarrad Davis not as severe as first feared
On the play that Davis sustained the injury, the inside linebacker was attempting to make a tackle on LeSean McCoy of the Buffalo Bills. While making his way to make the tackle, teammate Devon Kennard rolled onto Davis’ leg and he immediately was writhing in pain.
At the time, there was complete silence as Davis was helped off of the field and onto the cart. As Davis made his way to the tunnel, he was in tears while his teammates came to console him. Just like everyone else, Davis was hoping for the best but was expecting the worst.
A high-ankle sprain will cause Davis to miss the beginning of the season but he will likely avoid missing an extended period of time. Matt Patricia is likely breathing a sigh of relief after finding out one of his key defensive starters eluded the dreaded injured reserve.
Over the past two seasons, Davis has been the Lions’ starting inside linebacker. Davis has combined to make 196 tackles, eight sacks, 14 tackles for loss, and two forced fumbles.
Aside from his play on the field, Davis has become one of the team’s leaders in the locker room. Losing Davis for the season would’ve been detrimental for the entire team.
The Lions enter their second season with Patricia as their head coach and the expectations for the defense are sky-high. In the meantime, they will have to have a short-term plan to replace Davis as he recovers from his ankle sprain.