Wilson exited Week 3 with a neck injury and was unable to lace up against the Bears in Week 4. However, he managed to practice in full on both Thursday and Friday, and appears likely to make a return on Sunday.
Wilson left last Sunday's game due to a neck injury and will now spend Week 4 on the sideline. The decision to hold the safety out doesn't come as a huge surprise, as he was limited in practice all week. Look for Rafael Bush to receive the spot start at strong safety against the Bears.
Despite being listed as the starting strong safety for Week 1, there is no guarantee that Wilson will keep his job throughout the regular season. According to various reports, Rafael Bush is not far behind Wilson. As long as Wilson performs at expected levels, however, the 26-year-old figures to keep a stranglehold on his starting gig.
Tavon Wilson and Rafael Bush will compete for the Lion's starting strong safety position this offseason, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Back in 2012, then-rookie Wilson played in all 16 games for the Patriots, logging four starts and an equal number of interceptions. In three seasons since, he failed to start a single contest, and picked off just one pass. Now in Detroit, the Illinois product will have the opportunity to reposition himself as an NFL starter this offseason, according to Detroit Lions GM Bob Quinn. Glover Quin (ankle) is currently cemented in as their starting free safety, but Wilson will compete with Rafael Bush to patrol the secondary alongside him. However, Bush is the presumptive favorite to win this battle, and the Lions could still further address the safety position in the draft or through the free-agent market.
|8||10/30/16||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|9||11/6/16||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|13||12/4/16||@ NO||1:00 pm|
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|2012||New England Patriots||16||41||28.0||13||0||4||87||21.8||45||0||6|
|2013||New England Patriots||13||3||3.0||0||0||1||74||74.0||74||1||1|
|2014||New England Patriots||16||22||19.0||3||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||2|
|2015||New England Patriots||9||13||10.0||3||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||2|
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|2012||New England Patriots||16||0||0||0||0||2||0||2||0|
|2013||New England Patriots||13||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2014||New England Patriots||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2015||New England Patriots||9||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|