Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder) has been designated as probable for the Week 5 game against Arizona.
A regular on the injury report this season, Ansah has yet to miss a game and already has four sacks. He should be fine for Sunday, but his matchup with Cardinals left tackle Jared Veldheer is a tough one.
An ankle injury has Lions running back Joique Bell sidelined for the Sunday game against the Cardinals.
According to MLive.com, Bell had a procedure on his ankle in March, in addition to the reported surgeries on his Achilles and knee. The third surgery explains his slow recovery leading up to the season, and he's reportedly been bothered by the ankle all along.
Bell's early-season struggles now come with more context, but he seems to be in danger of missing games beyond Week 5. With the Detroit offensive line struggling and the backfield still crowded, Bell offers very little upside.
With Brandon Pettigrew (hamstring) probable, the impact of Ebron's absence is at least somewhat mitigated. Though it has been reported that he could miss up to three games, Ebron ran on the side with trainers Friday, suggesting he has some shot to return for the following game against the Bears.
Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy (hip) will make his season debut Sunday against the Cardinals, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Levy is ready to go after missing the first four games with the hip injury. He should give the unit a boost, and was one of the top Individual Defensive Player linebackers the last two seasons, so it's worth checking to see if he is available if you play in a Fantasy league that uses them.
Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew (hamstring) is listed as probable for the Sunday game against the Cardinals.
Pettigrew would normally be restricted to a blocking role, but with Eric Ebron (knee) out for at least one week, Pettigrew could see some extra targets in his return from a three-game absence. He still offers minimal upside in the passing game.
Cardinals running back Andre Ellington (knee) is listed as probable for Sunday's game in Detroit, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Ellington is set to play for the first time since Week 1, but his starting gig is presumably a thing of the past. Chris Johnson figures to handle most of the early-down work, with Ellington occasionally spelling him and getting most of the passing-down snaps. Ellington could still have some nice games when the Cardinals go pass-heavy, but there will be some quiet weeks ahead when the team is able to sit on a lead. With both of Detroit's starting defensive tackles out for Sunday's game, the Cards will likely want to run Chris Johnson up the middle quite a bit in the first quarter.
If Fells is held out, Jermaine Gresham will likely get the start, with Troy Niklas stepping up to the No. 2 role. Regardless of Fells' health, none of the bunch is an attractive option, as the Arizona offense has sent just four targets per game to tight ends.
Nelson opened the season ahead of Jaron Brown in the pecking order, but both players are clearly behind the entrenched trio of Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown and Michael Floyd. At best, Nelson will be the No. 4 when he returns.