It appears the Lions will be without safety Louis Delmas or corner Chris Houston when they face the Saints Sunday night in New Orleans.
Both Delmas and Houston are listed as doubtful on the team’s injury report released Friday.
The two have been absent from practice all week after suffering knee injuries against the Packers on Thanksgiving.
The Lions will have their work cut out for them trying to slow down the Saints’ top-ranked pass offense without two starters in the secondary. Expect Aaron Berry to start at corner opposite Eric Wright and Chris Harris at safety opposite Amari Spievey.
“In the NFL there’s going to be injuries and there’s going to be ups and downs and there’s going to be times where you step up and this is one of those times,” Berry said Friday. “To be able to get your first career start against a quarterback like that and receivers like that and the stage it’s on is just great.”
Running Back Kevin Smith (ankle) participated in his second practice in as many days on but is listed as questionable for Sunday. He was limited Friday but has looked much better over the course of the last two days.
“I think (Thursday) was the day that I did a pretty good workload,” Smith said. “I had a lot of reps yesterday and wasn’t sore after that. I mean it was sore but not how you would expect after working out.
“It’s progressing well. I’m pretty excited.”
Asked if was going to play Sunday, Smith said: “My mind is focused up. I have my travel bag.”
Defensive end Lawrence Jackson, who hasn’t played since the Bears game Nov. 13 with a thigh injury, is officially out for Sunday.
Corner Brandon McDonald, who was running off to the side of practice Friday with trainers because of a thigh injury, is also listed as questionable.
Cornerback Alphonso Smith will likely start at the nickel if McDonald can’t go.
Safety Chris Harris (ankle), receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle), receiver Maurice Stovall (shoulder) and defensive end Willie Young (ankle) are all probable.
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