September 4, 2014 at 4:49 pm

Lions safety James Ihedigbo listed on first injury report

Safety James Ihedigbo missed practice Thursday with an unspecified injury. (Daniel Mears / Detroit News)

Allen Park — Lions safety James Ihedigbo insisted this week that his absence from recent practices and the final two exhibition games was “just rest,” but the team’s first injury report says that’s not the case.

Ihedigbo, the Lions’ starting strong safety, missed practice Thursday, and the injury report said he’s dealing with injuries in his knee and neck.

Backup safety Don Carey (hamstring) also missed practice, and rookie defensive tackle Caraun Reid (shoulder) was limited.

Ihedigbo said earlier this week that he plans to play in the season opener Monday night against the Giants. However, after missing the final two games of the exhibition season and now the first few practices, there’s reason to wonder just how serious his injuries are.

Carey missed the final exhibition game, too, after suffering the hamstring injury the week before.

Isa Abdul-Quddus would likely be the first safety to fill in if Ihedigbo suffers any setbacks and Carey isn’t available.

Undrafted rookie Jerome Couplin is listed as Ihedigbo’s backup at strong safety on the unofficial depth chart, but Glover Quin, the starter at free safety, has experience playing both spots.

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