The Detroit Lions returned to the practice field today to begin their on-field preparations for the Green Bay Packers. However, they were without a large number of players, particularly from their starting lineup on defense.
Cliff Avril left last week’s game with a concussion and apparently hasn’t passed the necessary tests. Officially he was listed as a non-participant due to the concussion as well as a back injury that he has been dealing with for several weeks. Fellow defensive lineman Corey Williams was out to rest the knee that required surgery earlier this season.
A frighteningly large portion of the Lions’ secondary also missed practice. Starting safeties Louis Delmas (knee) and Amari Spievey (concussion) remain out, as was safety Erik Coleman (toe) and and cornerback Chris Houston (ankle). Add in Bill Bentley who was placed on injured reserve a couple weeks ago and the Lions were without their top three safeties and two of their top three corners.
While Delmas and Spievey remain out, they appear to be getting closer to returning according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press:
Louis Delmas and Amari Spievey appear to be making small steps in their return from injuries.
The Detroit Lions’ starting safeties watched the open portion of practice today and took part in stretching with their teammates but did not participate in drills.
Calvin Johnson (knee) was the only offensive player to miss today’s practice although Titus Young (knee) was listed on the injury report as a limited participant. Jason Hanson (foot) and Ashlee Palmer (chest) were also limited but present at practice.