Aidan Hutchinson remains out of practice Thursday

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Lions rookie defensive end Aidan Hutchinson missed his second straight day of practice on Thursday.

Hutchinson injured his thigh during the second half of last Sunday’s win over the Commanders and has been sidelined this week as a result. Hutchinson had three sacks in the first half of that game and continued playing, so Friday’s injury designations should tell us if there’s real fear of him missing this weekend’s matchup with the Vikings.

There was better news about running back D'Andre Swift‘s status. He went from limited with an ankle injury to full participation on Thursday.

Guard Jonah Jackson (finger) and defensive lineman John Cominsky (hand) missed their second straight practice. Safety Tracy Walker was also out of practice for non-injury reasons.

3 responses to “Aidan Hutchinson remains out of practice Thursday

  1. Rodrigo isn’t all THAT fun to watch, he’s just quietly a good LB. I’ll take 5 Rodrigos on every team though. 5 steady players and 6 big splash playmakers and you got yourself a damn good defense. Detroit is still lacking a full compliment of playmakers on defense.

    Their cap issues were brutal after the Stafford trade. They were handcuffed the last 2 off-seasons in FA and even the trade market because of their cap situation..
    -2021 Stafford, Jamie Collins, Justin Coleman, Dez Trufant, Jesse James, Christian Jones and Chase Daniel were big chunks of 67M in dead money.
    – 2022 Trey Flowers and Jamie Collins mostly fill up the 23M in dead money on their books.
    – 2023 Currently zero dead money. Likely Brockers, Romeo Okwara and Vaitai will be cut though, so that’s going to be 14.5M in dead money to save 25M in cap space.

    Goff is the big wild card. If they stick with him, they’ll extend him and probably have to pay him ~30M per year. (Which is already his cap hit). If they go with a rookie, which is the expectation should they be able to draft one of the top rookies coming out (by leveraging draft capital), then they eat 10M of dead cap by cutting Goff and free up 20M in cap space. In that case the rookie would only count around 8-10M against the cap. If Goff keeps winning, he decides how this goes. If they have 2 later first rounders by being a playoff bubble team (and the Rams likely being a playoff team) the chances of them being able to trade up to the top 5 to get a QB is very low. So Goff is literally playing for his job this year.

    This is the genius of Brad Holmes and his ability to find talent in spite of a bad cap situation, while continuing to fix the cap situation. Everyone was mad that the Lions didn’t do more in FA, well, they didn’t have the cap space too. Next season, they’ll either have about 42M in cap space with Goff or 62M without Goff.

    And yes, you need to decide if you’re going to re-sign Hockinson long term, you’ll have to lock up some of your young talent with that money too, but there should be plenty of pennies left over to improve the defense.

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