New Orleans — The Lions lost two of their most important players to injury during the second half of Sunday’s loss to the New Orleans Saints and it’s unclear whether early will be sidelined for an extended period of time.
Lions safety Glover Quin suffered a concussion in the third quarter of Sunday's 52-38 loss to New Orleans Saints and was removed from the game.
Quin was attempting to make a stop on Saints running back Alvin Kamara and collided with defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson. The back of Quin’s head hit the turf hard following the hit. He was down for several minutes before being led to the locker room by training staff, where he was evaluated and was ultimately ruled out.
Wide receiver Golden Tate was also knocked from the game in the third quarter, with a shoulder injury. He finished the game with a team-high seven catches for 96 yards and a touchdown.
Lions coach Jim Caldwell didn’t offer any additional updates after the game.
In his ninth season, Quin is in the midst of one of the best seasons of his career. He has recorded 32 tackles, while intercepting two passes and two fumbles.
The injury puts Quin’s ironman streak in jeopardy. He’s started 122 consecutive games, the seventh-longest streak among active players and the most among safeties. Tate also has an impressive streak of durability. He’s appeared in 84 straight games, dating back to 2012.
Prior to being helped off the field, Quin had played every defensive snap for the Lions this season. He also didn’t miss a snap in 2016, playing all 1,027 defensive plays for Detroit. Tate has played more than 80 percent of the team’s offensive snaps each of the four seasons he’s been with the team.
Both will have an extra week to recover with the Lions on the bye next week.