As the Detroit Lions prepare for a crucial NFC Championship clash with the San Francisco 49ers, there’s encouraging news on the injury front. Rookie tight end Sam LaPorta, a key contributor to the Lions’ offensive success, has received a positive update on his knee injury.
According to the latest injury report, LaPorta has been upgraded to a “limited participant” in practice on Thursday, indicating progress in his recovery. The 23-year-old tight end played a pivotal role during the regular season, amassing 86 catches for 889 yards and 10 touchdowns. He continued to shine in the divisional-round matchup, contributing 65 yards to Jared Goff’s 287 passing yards and scoring a crucial touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams.
The potential return of LaPorta to full strength by Sunday would provide a significant boost to the Lions’ offense. In the upcoming clash against the formidable 49ers, who showcased resilience in their divisional-round victory, Detroit needs all hands on deck to counteract the offensive prowess led by Brock Purdy and Christian McCaffrey.
As the practice week concludes, the Lions are hopeful that a rested and prepared team will face the 49ers in the NFC Championship game. The return of Sam LaPorta could prove instrumental in their quest for victory.