Receiver Jeremy Maclin was listed as questionable heading into Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but after he cleared the league’s concussion protocol and practiced on Friday, he appeared to have a pretty good shot at playing.
But things changed on Sunday morning, when the team decided Maclin would sit as he continues to recover from a concussion he suffered Oct. 18 against Minnesota.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid said he and head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder could tell that Maclin — who they spent time with in Philadelphia during 2009-12 — did not quite feel at ease with playing.
“Rick could kind of sense it, too,” Reid said. “We’ve been around him long enough. This isn’t like somebody (who is) new here — we’ve known him a while. He just was off so between the two of them, they kind of worked that out with the docs. I had a chance to talk to him and he wasn’t right.”
So Maclin never said anything about not feeling right?
“Once he was confronted with it,” Reid said. “Sometimes you have to dig a little bit, you have to dig a little bit on any competitive guy. When you’re around somebody long enough, you get a pretty good feel on them and he just wasn’t right. You could sense that, feel that.”
Lions make coaching changes
The Detroit Lions made some changes to their coaching staff Monday.
After getting off to a 1-6 start, the Lions fired offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, offensive line coach Jeremiah Washburn and assistant offensive line coach Terry Heffernan.
The Lions allowed seven sacks and 13 hits on quarterback Matthew Stafford in Sunday’s 28-19 loss to Minnesota. They currently rank 29th in points scored (19.9 per game), are dead last in rushing offense (68.0 yards) and 20th in overall offense (346.6 yards) after the first seven weeks of the season.
Former Kansas State coach Ron Prince takes over for Washburn as the offensive line coach. Price will still coach the tight ends and be the team’s assistant head coach.
Quarterbacks coach Jim Bob Cooter, who is in his second season with the Lions, will take over as offensive coordinator.
Lions get good news on injuries
X-rays on Stafford’s left hand of came back negative and defensive back Rashean Mathis was cleared after going through the concussion protocol.
That’s the good news for a struggling Detroit team as it prepares to face the Chiefs this Sunday in London.
Stafford threw for 256 yards and two touchdowns, but he was sacked seven times in Sunday’s 28-19 loss to Minnesota.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.