Lions news: Mike Daniels not expected to play on Monday night vs. Packers
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Lions DL Mike Daniels not expected to play on Monday night vs. Packers

Mike Daniels, Lions, Packers

After spending his first seven NFL seasons with the Green Bay Packers, it looks as though Detroit Lions’ defensive tackle Mike Daniels will fail to suit up Monday night against his former team.

Suffering from a foot injury that has kept him out of practice both Thursday and Friday, Daniels’ status looks to be in doubt. Currently sitting in second place in the NFC North, this week’s game possesses massive consequences towards Detroit’s chances of not only winning the division, but securing a playoff spot in a loaded NFC.

Injuries are nothing new for Daniels, as they have kept him out of previous games, but Monday’s might be the most crucial. With Green Bay’s newfound running game, the Lions will have their hands full, especially without Daniels.

Detroit is in the bottom 12 in terms of rushing yards allowed per game and has caught Green Bay at the wrong time. The Lions defense has struggled up to this point, letting up 22.25 points per game, although doing a solid job against Kansas City in Week 4.

They will need to muck up the game in a similar way against the Packers. It seems that they have found their stride since losing to Philadelphia, as Rodgers and LaFleur are finding common ground in terms of the team’s offense.

Detroit has proven themselves capable of keeping up with a high-powered team, but the Packers know them well. Not having Daniels up front as a run-stuffer will hurt, but it’s not as if they haven’t had him absent before.