Although he gifted Slay a pick-six in Week 1, Chargers QB Philip Rivers mostly targeted Detroit's other defensive backs, which will likely be the blueprint for opposing signal-callers this season. However, Slay could get some extra opportunities for tackles and interceptions if he shadows his opponent's top receiver -- something the Lions might consider after Keenan Allen repeatedly beat 35-year-old Rashean Mathis last week.
It's not great news for the Lions' top corner, who was trying to work through an ankle injury he suffered during Sunday's game against the Chargers. It's still early in the week, making Slay's availability for Sunday's contest against the Vikings still very much up in the air.
"You'll see on the injury report on Wednesday," Caldwell told reporters, per The Detroit News.
Stafford got dinged up on a blind-side blitz midway through the third quarter Sunday, per MLive.com. He finished the game with a sleeve on his right (throwing) arm and showed up for his postgame press conference with scraping on his left arm. The Lions backup quarterback is Dan Orlovsky.
"You saw him get hit, obviously," Caldwell said after Sunday's game. "Once he got hit, it was just a way of keeping him going."
Pettigrew (undisclosed) was injured on the extra-point try on Detroit's final touchdown, while Slay did not finish the game due to an ankle injury suffered in the fourth quarter. Both players will undergo further medical testing.
Slay plans on taking notes from the other elite cornerbacks in the league to continue his climb in the NFL ranks, per ESPN.com.
"I gotta study [Darrelle] Revis and Joe [Haden]," Slay said. "They are more my type of corner, more in your face, try to travel guys, follow you wherever you want to go. Just trying to take [the] best player out of the game.
"I look at [Richard] Sherman, too, just because his ball skills, he's probably got the best ball skills in the NFL that I've seen in my past years. If the ball's in the air, he's getting it. Other than that, I love to watch Revis and Joe."
Slay played in all 16 games for the Lions last season, recording 61 tackles and two interceptions.
Slay will miss the next few days of workouts because of the injuries. He had both of his hands wrapped.
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|Bye: Week 9|
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|15||12/21/15||@ NO||8:30 pm|
|17||1/3/16||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
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