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Lions' Jim Caldwell unsure when Larry Warford, Caraun Reid will return

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Larry Warford and Caraun Reid were injured Thursday night for the Detroit Lions against Washington and on Friday, coach Jim Caldwell said he wasn’t sure exactly when they would be returning.

“It’s going to be a little while but I’m not certain,” Caldwell said after a light practice Friday. “I couldn’t give you an exact time frame with any of those guys.”

Warford and Reid both left Thursday’s game with ankle injuries. Warford is the team’s entrenched starter at right guard and arguably the team’s best offensive lineman. Reid is in the midst of a competition with Tyrunn Walker to be the defensive tackle starting next to Haloti Ngata, whenever he returns from the non-football injury list.

Caldwell didn’t exactly rule out Warford or Reid returning this preseason, but it would seem unlikely considering the Lions play Jacksonville in less than a week and starters rarely play -- or play long -- in the final preseason game.

Laken Tomlinson or Taylor Boggs would be the probable replacement for Warford in the lineup. Walker and either Gabe Wright or Jermelle Cudjo would be the starters at defensive tackle as long as Ngata and Reid are out.

Caldwell also said Ezekiel Ansah and Kyle Van Noy are dealing with undisclosed injuries. Both were in attendance at Friday’s walkthrough, but didn’t do much at all. He didn’t have a timetable on either one of their returns.

He did say tight end Jordan Thompson’s knee injury was significant and “it doesn’t look good.”

The Lions also released safety Taylor Mays, according to his agent, and waived wide receiver Jarred Haggins. Haggins tweeted about the news.