Landover, Md. — Two Lions starters went down with injuries in the first quarter of Thursday’s exhibition against Washington and a backup looked to be in a significant amount of pain, but coach Jim Caldwell didn’t provide any update on the ailments.
Right guard Larry Warford suffered a right ankle injury after running back Ameer Abdullah fell onto his leg following a tackle during the second offensive drive in the first quarter. Warford, the Lions’ top offensive lineman, stayed in the game for the final four plays of the series despite his limp.
Defensive tackle Caraun Reid, who’s competing for a starting job, suffered an ankle injury as well, but his was on just the second play of the game.
“They just got nicked up a little bit, but that’s kind of part of the game,” Caldwell said after the Lions’ 21-17 loss. “So, we’ll see how serious it is in the next couple days or so.”
Neither Reid nor Warford was seen on the sideline during the second half. Both were out of the locker room by the time media entered.
Tight end Jordan Thompson suffered what looked like a potentially serious injury while covering a punt in the fourth quarter. He needed the assistance of two trainers to walk off the field, and while they examined his left knee on the sideline, a few of his teammates watched closely. Thompson also was seen describing the pain in his knee to a teammate in the locker room.
Caldwell said he’s “not certain” about the extent of Thompson’s injury.
Undrafted rookie linebacker Kevin Snyder also left the game with a hand injury.
Caldwell said it will be up to the coaches whether or not players like Reid and Warford will play next week to avoid further injury.