Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz announced today (Friday) that rookie cornerback Darius Slay is undergoing tests for a knee injury he suffered yesterday in practice. There has been no indication of the severity of the injury to this point as they await the results. It does at least make his status for their game against the Philadelphia Eagles questionable and probably unlikely.
Slay was the Lions second round pick this year taken out of Mississippi State. He was picked as an extremely athletic corner that needed more development with his technique and a ton of upside, so losing the chance to get more reps and game experience would be unfortunate. The Lions picked him 36th overall, so they have high hopes that he can develop into a good, starting corner in a division full of talented wide receivers. In 12 games, Slay has 23 tackles and 5 pass deflections.
The NFC North leading Lions are looking to improve their 7-5 record and put some distance between them and the rest of the division. Not having Slay could be a problem when it comes to defending against Nick Foles, LeSean McCoy and the Eagles up tempo offense.