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Detroit — Lions right tackle LaAdrian Waddle suffered a left knee injury in the third quarter of Sunday's 16-14 win over the Minnesota Vikings and did not return.

The fear is Waddle, who's in his second season, will be done for the year, but coach Jim Caldwell was not certain that was the case after the game.

"Any time they get carted off, it's not good," Caldwell said. "We'll see."

On a second-and-7 with about 5 minutes left in the third quarter, Waddle went down and trainers quickly ran onto the field to examine him. After Caldwell and many players hovered over him, two trainers helped Waddle onto a cart that drove him toward the locker room.

Waddle missed three games earlier this season with a calf injury and another due to a concussion. With Waddle out, undrafted rookie Cornelius Lucas played right tackle the rest of the game.

Lucas would likely fill in for Waddle if he misses extended time, but the rookie is better on the left side. Veteran Garrett Reynolds could be an option, too.

Stafford OK

ESPN reported that Matthew Stafford was feeling ill before the game, but he said he felt fine. Though he was sluggish during practice this week as a bug made its way through the Lions' locker room, Stafford said he didn't miss any practice snaps.

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