Notes: Lions injury update; Tate is great
ALLEN PARK, Mich. — It’s unclear how long the Detroit Lions could be without the right side of their offensive line.
Guard Larry Warford and tackle LaAdrian Waddle both suffered knee injuries during Sunday’s 20-16 victory over the Miami Dolphins.
Warford, injured in the first, was replaced by rookie Travis Swanson, a third-round draft pick.
"He’s going to be a little bit," coach Jim Caldwell said when asked about how long Warford could be out. "They’re going to continue to look at him today. Young guys heal fast so we’ll see."
Waddle was injured late in the game and replaced by Cornelius Lucas, an undrafted rookie.
"Still evaluating," Caldwell said of Waddle’s status. "We’ll see what happens. I’m not certain how much time but we’ll get a sense of it in the next day or so."
— Running back Reggie Bush had only four carries and one reception against the Dolphins, and didn’t play late in the game.
Caldwell said that Bush, who had missed two of the previous three games with an ankle injury, "got a little nicked up" and wasn’t able to perform as expected.
TATE IS GREAT
Golden Tate, in his first season with the Lions, already has broken his career-bests for receptions and receiving yardage in a season.
In nine games, Tate has 66 catches for 909 yards.
He’s improved statistically every year he’s been in the league, going from 21 receptions as a rookie in 2010 to 35 to 45 to 64 in his final year in Seattle, and from 227 yards to 382 to 688 to 898.
The Seahawks were more of a run-oriented team, but the 5-foot-10 Tate has emerged as one of the top threats in the NFL since joining the Lions.
"He hadn’t gotten the ball with this kind of frequency in this league," Caldwell said. "All he does is make big plays because of his quickness and his ability to catch the ball.
"He has a great awareness about him. I just think he uses every ounce of his talent."
Caldwell indicated the 42-yard field-goal attempt by Matt Prater that got blocked was a combination of penetration by the defensive line and a low kick.
Caldwell added, "I think it was more penetration than anything else."