The Lions signed Halapoulivaati Vaitai to a $45 million deal this year in part for his durability. He appeared in all 16 games for the Eagles the past three seasons.
He's already missed three games in Detroit, and now he'll miss at least three more. The Lions placed the offensive lineman on injured reserve Wednesday due to a foot injury that's plagued him for most of this season.
Signed to play right tackle, Vaitai has played mostly at right guard -- and hasn't played well. Not what the Lions were hoping for out of their top free agent of 2020.
"Big V’s out there battling every day and I think he’s pushing through some things that have restricted him a little bit," Matt Patricia said this week. "He’s a tough guy. He just goes out and really tries to do everything he can to help the team."
Vaitai won't be eligible to return until Detroit's Week 15 game against the Titans. Joining him on the sideline for Thursday's Thanksgiving game will be Kenny Golladay, who's been ruled out due to a lingering hip injury. It will be Golladay's fourth consecutive absence.
Danny Amendola (hip), Jeff Okudah (shoulder) and Da'Shawn Hand (groin) have also been ruled out for Thursday.
D'Andre Swift, who missed last week's game due to a concussion, remains questionable.