Safety Louis Delmas and corner Chris Houston remain out of practice for the Lions as the team continued on-field preparations for Sunday’s game against the Saints Wednesday.
Both Delmas and Houston suffered knee injuries in the Lions’ 27-15 loss to the Packers on Thanksgiving and haven’t practiced since.
Running back Kevin Smith had a helmet and stretched with his teammates in the early portion of practice open to the media, but left the field before individual position drills and did not return.
He told media members that he returned to field after they left but that was just to run along the sideline with trainers.
Smith was listed as “No practice” on the team’s official injury report.
Defensive end Lawrence Jackson also missed practice Wednesday. He’s missed the Lions’ last two games with a thigh injury.
LB Doug Hogue was not at practice due to an undisclosed illness.
Corner Brandon McDonald was back at practice in a limited capacity after suffering a thigh injury against the Packers. McDonald was running off to the side with trainers after missing practicing on Tuesday. He was listed as limited on the official report.
Defensive end Willie Young (ankle) was also limited.
Full participants in practice were safety Chris Harris (ankle), receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle) and receiver Maurice Staovall (shoulder).
In a roster move announced Wednesday, the Lions signed WR Marcus Harris to the practice squad and put WR Nate Hughes on the practice squad reserve injured list.
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