The Lions have another reason to be somber.
Saints defensive linemen Charles Grant and Will Smith are both eligible to play this week against Detroit, the NFL confirmed Tuesday.
Grant, Smith, and Minnesota defensive tackles Kevin and Pat Williams are all waiting to hear from a federal appeals court in Minnesota for a decision to overturn or uphold their players’ four-game suspensions.
It is believed the NFL isn’t prevented from suspending the Saints players right now, but it appears they will wait for a decision from Minnesota before proceeding. Both Vikings are waiting for a ruling, which could could any day. (Or any week.)
At the very least, the league will wait another week, hurting Detroit’s chances of ending their 17-game regular season losing streak.