I mentioned it yesterday that Jacob Lacey (the Lions starting RCB) and Amari Spievey (the Lions starting SS) are both OUT for this game with concussions.
This morning, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press is reporting that DeAndre Levy (Right Outside LB) is expected to miss this game as well (Hamstring issue), replaced by Ashlee Palmer (who hasn't started a game since 2010).
Just a little snippet on the potential impact of Levy's absence ...
Levy has "probably been the best overall (linebacker we've had) through the games we've played," defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham said. "The other two guys (Durant and Stephen Tulloch) have had good games and dropped off a little bit here or there, but he's been the most consistent by far.
Also this from Birkett's piece yesterday regarding other key injuries ...
Cornerback Bill Bentley (shoulder) is questionable to play but did not work with the Lions’ first-team nickel defense in practice today.
Cliff Avril (back), Louis Delmas (knee) and Titus Young (knee) are officially listed as questionable, but all are expected to play Sunday. Delmas did not practice today, and Young did not finish practice.
I'm not sure what to make of Bentley's absence -- he's listed as Jacob Lacey's backup at RCB. If HE doesn't play as well, you're talking about really scraping the bottom of the barrel.
At any rate, it's hard to believe that these situations couldn't have a potential impact on this game tomorrow. This looks to me like a pretty banged up Lions defense (especially the secondary). For all that we who have been crying for Carroll and Bevell to un-cage Russell Wilson and the passing offense ... this might be a golden opportunity to take some chances and to let the young Hawks fly.