Safety Louis Delmas will miss his second consecutive game because of a knee injury.
Delmas missed the team’s first four games of the season after undergoing knee surgery in August. He made his first start of the season Week 6 at Philadelphia and had an interception in the Lions’ victory. He played the next week in Chicago, then injured the same left knee he had surgery on the following week vs. Seattle on Oct. 28. He hasn’t practiced since and the Lions have ruled him out for Sunday’s game at Minnesota.
The team has also ruled out safety Amari Spievey, who has yet to be cleared for contact after suffering a concussion at Chicago. It’s the second concussion for Spievey in less than a year.
Receiver Calvin Johnson, who practiced Friday for the first time this week, albeit in limited fashion, is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game. Johnson had 129 receiving yards last week at Jacksonville after missing practice all last week and being questionable for that contest.
The Lions have also listed defensive end Cliff Avril (back), offensive tackle Corey Hilliard (knee), defensive tackle Corey Williams (knee) and receiver Titus Young (knee) as questionable. Williams and Hilliard didn’t practice Friday. Avril and Young were limited.
Linebacker DeAndre Levy (hamstring) is listed as probable. Levy has missed the last two game due to injury.
Safety Erik Coleman (toe), cornerback Chris Houston (illness), running back Mikel Leshoure (ankle) and linebacker Stephen Tulloch (knee) are also probable.
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Yesterday, Lions Insider Tim Twentyman reported that wide receiver Calvin Johnson was still feeling the effects of a helmet-to-helmet hit he sustained in Detroit’s first match-up with the Minnesota Vikings September 30.
“I actually had some nerve damage so that was messing up my grip a little bit,” Johnson said Thursday.
“Not to blame it on that, but I think that a concussion maybe could have had something to do with some of that damage I had going on. Taking those hits man … they were really violent.”
Today, the Detroit Lions released a statement regarding those comments and the injuries Johnson sustained.
“In response to the various reports yesterday regarding Calvin Johnson and injuries, we reiterate that Calvin did not suffer a concussion at any time this season.
“With respect to the Minnesota game on September 30, Calvin sustained a hit that resulted in him being removed from the game and evaluated pursuant to the appropriate concussion protocol by our team doctors.
“He also was subsequently examined the following day and was found to have no concussion.
“Additionally, Calvin did not suffer any nerve damage.
“He sustained what is referred to as a “stinger” in the September 30 game and was able to finish the game.”
Johnson also released a statement:
“I would like to clarify some of my comments from yesterday. I am aware that I did not suffer a concussion in our game against the Vikings earlier this year. I misused the terms ‘nerve damage’ and ‘concussion.’
“I have not suffered any nerve damage nor have I received any treatment for nerve damage. I did suffer a stinger in the game against Minnesota and also have experienced the kind of wear and tear that most NFL players are dealing with at this point in the season.”
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Four starters returned to the practice field Friday for the Lions.
Receivers Calvin Johnson (knee) and Titus Young (knee), along with defensive end Cliff Avril (back), participated in the portion of practice open to the media for the first time this week.
Johnson didn’t practice at all last week before playing in the Lions’ game at Jacksonville, so it’s a good sign his sore left knee is feeling better.
Cornerback Chris Houston was also back at practice after missing Thursday with flu-like symptoms.
The team was still without safeties Louis Delmas (knee) and Amari Spievey (concussion), defensive tackle Corey Williams (knee) and offensive tackle Corey Hilliard (knee).
The injury report with game designations for Sunday’s game at Minnesota will be released at 4 p.m. on detroitlions.com
Tags: Calvin Johnson, Chris Houston, Cliff Avril, Titus Young
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