Spievey and Williams ruled out for Sunday; Delmas doubtful

Posted by ttwentyman on November 16, 2012 – 5:00 pm

The Lions are likely to be without three defensive starters Sunday when they host Green Bay in a key NFC North matchup.

The team has already ruled out safety Amari Spievey (concussion) and defensive tackle Corey Williams (knee), and has listed safety Louis Delmas as doubtful with knee injury.

All three players did not practice all week.

Delmas will miss his third straight game and Spievey his fourth. Delmas also missed the team’s first four games this season.

Williams hasn’t played since aggravating a previous knee injury at Jacksonville a couple weeks ago.

Cornerback Chris Houston (ankle) is listed as questionable along with receiver Calvin Johnson (knee), though it’s expected that both with play and start.

Houston injured his left ankle in the fourth quarter at Minnesota last week and did not return. He’s been limited in practice the last two days after sitting out practice Wednesday.

Calvin Johnson was on the same regimen as Houston, sitting out Wednesday and practicing in limited fashion Thursday and Friday.

Defensive end Cliff Avril (back), safety Erik Coleman (eye), kicker Jason Hanson (foot), linebacker Ashlee Palmer (chest) and receiver Titus Young (knee) are listed as probable.

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Lions still without Delmas, Spievey and Williams

Posted by ttwentyman on November 16, 2012 – 1:19 pm

The Lions were still without safeties Louis Delmas and Amari Spievey and defensive tackle Corey Williams on the practice field Friday.

All three have not practiced at all this week, putting their availability for Sunday’s game vs. Green Bay in question.

Delmas hasn’t played since injuring his left knee in the third quarter victory over Seattle in late October. He missed the first four games of the year with an injury to the same knee.

Spievey hasn’t played since suffering a concussion at Chicago Oct. 22. He’s yet to be cleared for contact by an independent neurologist.

Williams missed last week’s game in Minnesota after aggravating a knee injury the week prior in Jacksonville. If he can’t go, expect second-year tackle Nick Fairley to make his fourth-career start.

The team will release game designations for all three players on today’s injury report at 4 p.m. on Detroitlions.com.

Defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch also missed practice, but that was likely due to rest, which has been his usual schedule during the practice week.

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