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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