Agnew (knee) will return to practice Wednesday, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.
Agnew partially tore a ligament in his knee against Green Bay in October. The Lions have a 21-day window to activate the slot cornerback, but he isn't eligible to play until Week 15 against the Bills, since players placed on injured reserve must stay there for at least eight weeks. Regardless, Agnew's return to practice Wednesday is a good sign, and he could provide a boost on defense and special teams if he were to return for the final three games.
While Agnew's injury is significant enough to sideline him for the next eight weeks, Schefter relays that the All-Pro return man could be a candidate to return from injured reserve later in the season if the Lions are still in the mix for a playoff spot. Agnew has also seen his role grow at defensive back this season, but his absence will be most acutely felt on special teams. TJ Jones, Ameer Abdullah, Kerryon Johnson and Brandon Powell are all candidates to fill in for Agnew on kickoff and/or punt returns.
Agnew will be out for an extended period of time due to a knee injury he suffered in Sunday's game against the Packers, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Agnew originally failed to return after he exited Sunday's game against the Packers in the fourth quarter. Though the amount of time remains undetermined, Agnew's injury is considered "long-term." Ameer Abdullah could see reps as the Lions' top punt returner during Agnew's absence.
Agnew logged 10 tackles, 18 yards on two receptions, nine yards on two carries, 196 yards on 11 kick returns, and 447 yards with two touchdowns on 29 punt returns over 13 games in 2017.
Agnew, a fifth-rounder out of the University of San Diego, did a little bit of everything his rookie season but made his name as a return specialist, where he was ultimately named a first-team All-Pro. He led the league in punt return yards, punt return touchdowns and punt return average (15.4). He isn't in the fantasy conversation in IDP formats or otherwise yet, but that could change if he somehow carves out a larger role on either side of the ball.
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