Bates (ankle) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.
Bates began the week not practicing but progressed to limited participation Thursday and Friday, though apparently he didn't show enough to avoid being ruled out. The 25-year-old has played only two defensive snaps in six games, so his absence is unlikely to impact the Lions defense at Arizona.
Bates (ankle) is inactive for Sunday's game versus the Rams.
Bates suffered this injury late in the practice week and was unable to recover in time. He works mainly in a special-teams role, and his absence will make Kelvin Sheppard the No. 2 middle linebacker in Week 13.
Bates sustained an ankle injury and is questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Bates was a late addition to the injury report Saturday so the specifics and severity of the injury remain unclear. The 25-year-old has played only two defensive snaps since being promoted from the practice squad in mid-October, so the Lions defense is unlikely to be impacted should he be inactive Sunday.
Bates spent the offseason with Detroit but didn't manage to secure a Week 1 roster spot. He'll likely operate as a backup to Jarrad Davis at middle linebacker. Barring injury, Bates shouldn't be expected to see significant time early on.
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