The Detroit Lions had more pressing concerns after finishing their second preseason game to the Oakland Raiders, with star quarterback Matthew Stafford and running back Kevin Smith both exiting the contest with injuries.
Stafford would leave the game after injuring his non-throwing hand, while Smith left with an ankle sprain.
Based on reports coming out of Detroit Aug. 26, however, it looks as if the Lions faithful can breathe a collective sigh of relief. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press and Tom Leyden of WXYZ-Detroit both took to their Twitter accounts to give updates on both players, tweeting:
Kevin Smith said xrays are negative and it's not a high ankle sprain— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) August 26, 2012
Birkett also spoke with both Smith and Stafford after the game concluded, with Stafford explaining:
Probably what would have happened in a regular season game is right after it happened I would have just run up for X-rays and if they said they were negative I would have come back in the game...It feels OK right now; it feels fine really.
Smith echoed similar words to Birkett, saying "it gets scary under that pile with those big guys laying on you. It’s just a minor tweak, something I’m pretty sure I can get rid of quick."
It looks as if the Detroit offense has dodged a couple of bullets with just two weeks until the Lions open up their regular season at Ford Field against the St. Louis Rams.
Before that happens, though, Stafford and company will wrap up their preseason schedule at home against the Buffalo Bills on Aug. 30. Detroit has not stated whether Smith or No. 9 will play in this final exhibition game.