The cold and the rain didn’t bother safety Louis Delmas on Friday as the Lions practiced outside for the first time this week to prepare for Sunday’s game in Green Bay.
Delmas had on shorts but was protected from the elements some by a helmet.
Friday marked the first time Delmas has had a helmet on at practice in two weeks as he participated in the early portion of practice open to the media.
Delmas ran off to the side for awhile but also participated in some individual drills in a limited fashion.
He’s still listed as doubtful on the team’s injury report to play Sunday in Green Bay, but just having him back was a welcomed site for Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham.
“We’ve really missed him,” Cunningham said. “I think Chris Harris has done a great job … but we really need (Delmas) back.
“We can do more things when he’s with us. He’s good in man-to-man, he can cover wide receivers and he really tracks the ball.
Delmas hasn’t played since Thanksgiving when he hurt the knee in the first quarter and had arthroscopic surgery Dec. 17.
Corner Aaron Berry, who’s been limited in practice for two weeks due to a separated right shoulder, is also doubtful.
Receiver Calvin Johnson returned to practice for the first time this week Friday after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday with a sore Achilles. He’s listed as probable for Sunday.
Listed as probable along with Johnson for Sunday are: defensive end Cliff Avril (back), running back Kevin Smith (ankle) and safety John Wendling (illness).
Wendling did not practice Friday because of an undisclosed illness.
Falling under the category of questionable are: defensive tackle Nick Fairley (foot), corner Chris Houston (hand, knee), safety Amari Spievey (knee), defensive tackle Corey Williams (hip) and defensive end Willie Young (ankle).
Of those, Williams was the only one who didn’t participate in practice Friday. However, Williams has been dealing with a hip injury for weeks now and it hasn’t kept him out of any games.
For the Packers…
Out: receiver Greg Jennings (knee), receiver Randall Cobb (groin) and running back James Starks (knee/ankle)
Doubtful: tackle Bryan Bulaga (knee)
Questionable: linebacker Clay Matthews (ankle)
Probable: tackle Chad Clifton (hamstring/back), tight end Jermichael Finley (knee) and defensive end Ryan Pickett (concussion)
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