Lions safety Louis Delmas and corner Chris Houston missed practice again Thursday with what we now know are MCL sprains they suffered on Thanksgiving.
Delmas was injured early in the game when his knee got rolled up on by Packers running back James Starks. He limped off the field and never returned.
Houston was injured when teammate Stephen Tulloch inadvertently hit him right on the knee with his helmet assisting on a tackle at the end of the first half.
Neither Delmas or Houston have practiced or played since suffering their injuries.
Typically, an injury like this takes 2-4 weeks to heal, depending on the player. Both players have said they’re rigorously rehabbing to get back on the field.
It’s not unlike the injury suffered by Bears running back Matt Forte last week.
The Lions practiced Thursday without a number of other key contributors on defense.
Rookie defensive tackle Nick Fairley, who was in a protective boot Wednesday, remains out with that foot injury he aggravated against the Saints Sunday.
Fairley said after practice that it was going to be something he’ll have to deal with the remainder of the season until he can get the proper rest. He said it’ll be about managing the pain and getting rest leading up to game day.
Defensive end Lawrence Jackson continues to be sidelined with that deep thigh bruise.
Linebacker Justin Durant didn’t practice Thursday after being limited by a hamstring injury on Wednesday. Coach Jim Schwartz said Durant was day-to-day after practice.
“Well, we’re going to get them all back, it’s just a matter of when,” Schwartz said of all the team’s injuries. “Maybe Lawrence Jackson is a little bit more long term, but we haven’t put any of those guys on the IR and all those guys are expected back.
“They’re all making progress; they’re all doing well, but whether or not they’ll be available this week is still too early to see – it’s Thursday. But, you know, they’re going to be late-in-the-week decisions and possibly Sunday. We do have a little bit more injuries on defense than we do with offense right now, but it’s life in the NFL.”
Safety Amari Spievey was out with an illness.
On the offensive side of the ball, running back Kevin Smith (ankle) missed a second-straight practice. Remember, Smith got his biggest workload in Thursday’s practice last week.
“Last time I hurt it I had 10 days (before a game),” Smith said. “I feel like I have to do something similar to practice to give myself the confidence that I can make certain movements and certain cuts to be able to produce on game day.”
Receiver Titus Young was back working with the first-team offense in the portion of practice open to the media. Rashied Davis was getting most of that work in that spot Wednesday.
Corner Brandon McDonald (thigh), guard Rob Sims (shoulder) and defensive end Willie Young (ankle) were all limited on the official practice report.
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