Commercials. Lions locker room. The boys sit around, nervous and focused. Tinker sits down next to Luke and tells him that he saw him at Carroll Park last night. Luke lies that he was nervous last night and couldn't sleep so took a drive around. Tinker's like "I heard you brought some cash with you." Tinker asks him what's going on; the first few weeks Luke was talking like an announcer in the huddle, last two weeks it's like he's saving his breath for something. Luke looks at him, obviously longing to share this with someone. He lifts his jersey and shows Tinker his bruise, to Tinker's horror. Luke tells Tinker that he can't tell anyone about it and walks away.
Game time. Lions are down 7-0. Vince runs a 27-option-left. Snap, toss to Luke, who runs it nicely, but at the prospect of getting tackled on his right side, instead chooses to step out of bounds. Coach yells at Luke as he walks back to the huddle, "Whadyou run out of bounds for?!" and calls the same play again. In the huddle, Vince calls the play, but Tinker speaks up: they can't run that play. He explains that Luke's right side is hurt, and running that play means him getting crushed on that side. Some weird voiceover asks "Luke how bad is it man, can you make it through this one play?" and Luke shakes his head and says it depends on which way they run. Vince calls a 28-option-right, much to Coach's severe chagrin once they snap. Luke makes a nice run, though, and is able to take some hits to his left side. Coach is pissed on the sidelines and calls Vince over. Vince covers by saying that he got the signals mixed up; back on the sidelines Traub and Coach are flabbergasted that he mixed up left and right, Coach snarks that they'll have to review that in practice he supposes. Back in the huddle, Vince calls 27-option-left like Coach has instructed him to. Luke runs the ball, gets hit, and is slow to get up. Coach calls the same play again from the sidelines. Luke runs it, takes a huge hit and is down. Poor Luke grunts and moans and rolls; Coach calls a time out and gets assisted off the field. On the bench, Luke finally tells one of the assistants what's going on, it's his hip, and he pulls up his jersey. Coach comes over and asks "What the hell is that?!?" Traub says it's a hip flexor and Luke'll be out for the rest of the season. Coach asks how long he's had it and Luke confesses, four weeks. Coach: "FOUR WEEKS?! YOU DID THAT FOUR WEEKS AGO AND YOU DIDN'T TELL US?" Luke moans that he thought he could play through it, and then, Luke Cafferty special, apologizes for his own misguided bravery.