There was still no sign of safety Louis Delmas or corner Chris Houston at Lions practice Friday.
The two have been absent from practice all week after suffering knee injuries against the Packers on Thanksgiving.
At this point, their availability for Sunday’s game in New Orleans is in serious doubt. The official injury report with their status will be released at 4 p.m.
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. If Delmas and Houston can’t go, expect Aaron Berry to start at corner opposite Eric Wright and Chris Harris at safety opposite Amari Spievey.
Also missing practice was defensive end Lawrence Jackson, who hasn’t played since the Bears game Nov. 13 with a thigh injury. Jackson has also missed the entire week of practice.
Corner Brandon McDonald (thigh) was running off to the side of practice with trainers. McDonald was limited on Wednesday but did not practice Thursday.
Cornerback Alphonso Smith will likely start at the nickel if McDonald can’t go.
Running Back Kevin Smith participated in his second practice in as many days while nursing a sore ankle. His status for Sunday looks much better than it did earlier in the week.
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