Schadenfreude is pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others.
Those of us sick of hearing that everyone better watch out... the Lions are going to be winners this year and even win the NFC have enjoyed the beginning of training camp and look forward to the rest of it and the full football season.
The injury bug has bitten the Lions and it's already taken a big bite out of the fantasy that they were playoff bound. While we'd feel sorry for most of the actual players for being injured. Feeling sorry for the Lions organization and their fans... not so much.
Last year Javid Best... proved exactly what I thought he would be. Too small and frail to handle a full season as the lions back. His injury is lurking in the shadows. Kevin Smith's constant injuries were why they went and drafted Javid Best. And Javid Best's injuries are why they went and drafted Mikel Leshoure. Well Mikel lasted a week as a Lion before tearing his Achilles tendon. 2nd Round Draft pick... out for the year.
Nick Fairly broke his foot. 1st Round Draft pick... going to be wearing a cast and will miss all of the training camps and preseason games.
The Lions secondary is a joke. They didn't do anything in the offseason and not much if anything in the draft to fix it. And it seems to be falling apart. Look at all the issues they've had already.
Safety Louis Delmas is the latest Detroit Lions player to have surgery. He had a minor procedure done to remove a screw in his right ring finger.
In other positions... it's like a trauma ward.
Andre Fluellen. He broke his hand on Thursday after getting it caught in a facemask. He was wearing a cast on Friday and is expecting to play with a club on his hand going forward.
2nd round pick Wide receiver Titus Young and offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus once again missed practice. Young has been dealing with leg stiffness since last week and Cherilus is dealing with a sore knee. He had microfracture surgery on the knee near the end of last season. A smallish receiver rookie receiver is already having leg problems. Not good. So that's the Lions 3 top picks with the injury bug. And the dreaded microfracture surgery... that's never good.
The list of injured Detroit Lions players seems to grow every day. That has been the case all week long, and it was once again the case on Saturday with offensive tackle Jason Fox suffering a foot injury.
Fox had been taking reps at left tackle with the No. 1 offense with Jeff Backus out. Now the No. 1 reps will likely go to Tony Ugoh, as Fox was seen wearing a walking boot and using crutches after practice. It doesn't sound like he will be back in the immediate future.
In other injury news, the Lions were once again without Maurice Morris, Titus Young, Gosder Cherilus, Andre Fluellen, Nick Fairley, Alphonso Smith and Louis Delmas on Saturday. All are dealing with injuries, although Young did say he expects to return next week.
Cornerbacks Eric Wright and Maurice Leggett had to leave Saturday's practice, but they were just dealing with dehydration issues.
Defensive tackle Corey Williams to leave practice early. He rolled his ankle, but it doesn't seem as though there is much concern over the injury.
Joining him on the list of injured players are cornerbacks Chris Houston and Eric Wright. Both players are dealing with groin injuries, and Houston missed all of Monday's practice. Wright left during the practice after being unable to continue playing with the injury.
QB Drew Stanton returned after missing a day to prevent an infection since he had to have stitches in his right elbow. ... WR Demario Ballard was wearing a walking boot after injuring his foot on Monday. ... OT Jason Fox is now wearing a walking boot instead of a cast. ... Both OT Jeff Backus and CB Alphonso Smith could apparently return soon.
And now you can top off that injury sandwich with their #1 offensive threat having issues. Wide receiver Calvin Johnson. He is dealing with a bruised shoulder and has now missed two straight days of practice.