Lions punter Sam Martin leaves Soldier Field in an ambulance
Chicago — The Detroit Lions' ego wasn't the only thing beat up in a 34-22 loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday. The team dealt with multiple injuries, with some players returning to action while others couldn't.
One player, punter Sam Martin, left the stadium in an ambulance.
It remains unclear what precipitated the postgame trip to the hospital for further evaluation. Martin finished the contest, attempting a pair of onside kicks in the fourth quarter. His final punt, in the third quarter, was uncharacteristically short, going just 37 yards, aided a few bounces.
"Sam Martin was taken to a nearby hospital shortly following the conclusion of the game for an injury evaluation," the Lions said in a team statement. "He will return to Detroit with the team."
In addition to Martin, wide receiver Marvin Jones suffered a knee injury, which prevented his return to action. He went down hard on an incomplete pass deep down the right sideline, a play where the Bears were flagged for illegal contact.
Jones tried to return after being evaluated by the training staff, but was told to return to the sideline. After initially being ruled as questionable for the remainder of the contest, he was eventually ruled out.
Tight end Michael Roberts also never returned after suffering a shoulder injury in the second quarter. That injury potentially leaves the Lions precariously thin at the position. Prior to the game, Luke Willson was scratched with a shoulder injury of his own.
Running back Kerryon Johnson also left the game briefly after aggravating the ankle injury that hindered him this week during practice. He managed to return, scoring Detroit's final touchdown in the fourth quarter.