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Johnson and Leshoure miss practice; Lacey back

Posted by ttwentyman on October 31, 2012 – 11:54 am

The Lions were without a number of key contributors Wednesday as they began on-field preparation for Sunday’s game at Jacksonville.

Receiver Calvin Johnson and running Mikel Leshoure did not participate in the portion of practice open to the media.

Johnson has been dealing with a knee injury the past few weeks and it’s been routine for him to miss practice during the week. He’s played in all seven games.

Leshoure asked to come out of last week’s game after a 7-yard run in the third quarter and trainers worked on his lower right leg for a bit on the sidelines. He did not return. Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said Wednesday his absence from practice was due to “personal reasons” and he would be back at practice Thursday.

The Lions also practiced without safeties Louis Delmas and Amari Spievey, defensive end Cliff Avril, defensive tackle Corey Williams, linebacker DeAndre Levy and cornerback Bill Bentley.

Bentley had been practicing in a limited fashion the last two weeks while dealing with a shoulder injury. He was not at the open portion of practice at all Wednesday.

The Lions did get some good news: cornerbacks Jacob Lacey (concussion) and Drayton Florence (broken arm) were back on the practice field. Florence isn’t eligible to come off short-term IR until the Packers game.


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13 Responses to “Johnson and Leshoure miss practice; Lacey back”

  1. By dean ford on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    So the Lions got another WR? don’t they need help at the running game, Not to mention this guy is only 5’8 ……….Cmo’n Lions your going backwards again

  2. By Charles on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    I almost agree, seeing that there are many injuries in the backfield, and that is where we have given up the most yards, one would think to add depth to the CB roster. I do however, have to remind myself to trust Mayhew and Schwartz in their decision making process.

  3. By Lionsfan1 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Did you notcie it said that he was the Jag’s main punt returner. Although this guy is listed as a wide receiver, maybe the real reason they picked him up was they are finally looking for a way to improve the return game, which is a false name for what the Lions have done with it the past couple of years. Besides, our biggest concern is in the secondary and not on the offense. Rogers twice, Shaub and Ryan each once are going to carve up our secondary in the second half of the season if we don’t get a consistent group used to playing with one another out there soon and that may even be too little too late.

  4. By Larry Murray on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Hi, i often join your Tuesday live chat when i can work it around my meeting schedule/. often i would like to send you comments, questions or articles concerning the Lions but i cannot find an E-mail address for you. Due to company restrictions, i cannot use twitter

    Can you provide me an E-mail adddress?

    Also, i believe the Mike Thomas trade is brilliant.We pick up a recieving asset for very little cost. it is great insurance against Burleson not returning next year.If he happens to work out on returns, we can cut logan loose for some Cap room.
    thsi guy will be reborn witha quarterback like Stafford throwing to him.

    i am not a student of the Cap, but if Logan, Burleson, Best and Avril do not return, that should give us room in free agency.

  5. By UltraLions7872 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Lions runningbacks are doing good…they need a 4th reciever…to relieve some of the snaps..besides he may be 5’8 but is a good punt n kick returner…with a better QB(Stafford) he could do some damage..he proved that his rookie yr under Clausson 860yrd wit 6TDs…i think another multi offensive talent was a good move…i think Stephan Logan has done enough punt n kick returns if you ask me

  6. By rockbo1955 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    I Think that because we have been fighting to keep enough people on the field as it is! The secondary injury bug has hit the WR this has been a really ruff year with all these injury hope we can get well and win Sunday! GO LIONS!

  7. By Matt on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Everyone thinks that the Thomas signing was to add depth to the wr position. I do think a small part of this move was to add depth in case megatron’s injury gets worse, but the whole reason for signing Thomas was to return kicks. Logan has done squat since he got here. Even though his avg yard per return is decent, we need a breakaway return man with at least some size to break tackles and go the distance. I think this was a great move and hopefully I’m right about this and Thomas ends up being a great weapon on special teams for us

  8. By j on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    I would’ve thought they would’ve tried to pick up someone at CB

  9. By muskiebobsr on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Read the fine print this guy is a very good punt retuner. LOL

  10. By Sagmich on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    So what’s new? They always take other teams crap. But who would be out there anyway no one with any significance. Jags fans do not seem to upset that Thomas is gone. To many injuries this season maybe the Lions should think of getting a new strength and conditioning coach.

  11. By Jay1978fan on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Keep the faith fellow Lions FANATICS…Win on Sunday and we are back in the HUNT!

  12. By rockbo1955 on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    they did pick up a db and they got a WR he has real good speed ! that was because we lost Nate and with Megatron having some problems with his knee but more importantly what if god forbid someone else in the wr corp goes down we have somebody to fill in ! I don’t understand the negative from some lions fans! You want to go back to the way we were before Schwartz became the coach and this not peace of crap that WR and safety our good players that we got from one the WR from the jaguars and there terrible offense this guy put up good numbers and with Stafford being his QB he will be rel good and he has a lot of speed that is going to make even harder for the defense to play 3 people on Calvin with his speed you cant use a linebacker covering him in the game! so with the support cast of WR to Calvin and you have even make the screen and pass to backs better! GO LIONS!

  13. By jacksprat57 on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    “Besides, our biggest concern is in the secondary and not on the offense. Rogers twice, Shaub and Ryan each once are going to carve up our secondary in the second half of the season if we don’t get a consistent group used to playing with one another out there soon and that may even be too little too late.” — Lionsfan1 –O-kay…how do you propose to rectify that situation? Isht happened; it is what it is. There are no available corners who are any more likely than the ones they’ve got to get the job done, much less ones who wouldn’t overburden the Lions vis a vis the salary cap. Even adding one more body there is out of the question; they’re carrying 11 DB’s on the 53-man as it is.

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