Source: Lions place DT Corey Williams on IR and sign DT Andre Fluellen

Posted by ttwentyman on December 11, 2012 – 5:42 pm

The Lions have placed defensive tackle Corey Williams on injured reserve with that sore knee, according to a league source, and have replaced his roster spot with veteran free agent defensive tackle Andre Fluellen.

The Lions have not officially announced any roster transactions.

Williams missed six games this season after undergoing knee surgery in late September. He finished the season with nine tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble.

Fluellen, who spent his first four seasons in the league with the Lions, worked out for the team a few weeks prior to agreeing to terms on a contract on Tuesday. He was a third-round draft pick by the team in 2008 and has the ability to play both defensive tackle and defensive end.

He was most recently with the Dolphins, where he played in two games early this season.

The Lions will have to make a decision on Williams’ future with the team this offseason as he’s scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent.


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Lions without Louis Delmas and Corey Williams tonight

Posted by ttwentyman on December 9, 2012 – 8:01 pm

The Lions will be without safety Louis Delmas and defensive tackle Corey Williams tonight against quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay offense.

Delmas did not practice Wednesday or Friday because of a sore left knee and was limited when he did practice Thursday. He’s struggled with the injury all season, but had managed to play the last two weeks in monitored snaps.

Don Carey, who had two of the Lions’ three interceptions last week against the Colts, will start at safety in Delmas’ place. Ricardo Silva will start at the other safety spot.

Safety Tyrell Johnson, whom the team signed earlier this week, will be active with Delmas out.

Williams has also been battling a knee injury for most of the season. He had surgery in late September and has missed five games. He didn’t practice all week.

Nick Fairley will make his seventh start of the season and his fifth-straight in place of Williams.

Joining Delmas and Williams among the list of inactives for the Lions are: tackles Jason Fox and Corey Hilliard, quarterback Kellen Moore, receiver Lance Long and defensive end Ronnell Lewis.

Receiver Kris Durham will get the start opposite Calvin Johnson.


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Williams, Fairley, Delmas and others questionable for Sunday

Posted by ttwentyman on December 7, 2012 – 5:00 pm

The Lions could potentially have their full compliment of players available to them Sunday in Green Bay.

The team’s Friday injury report is out and no player has been ruled out or are doubtful for Sunday.

Defensive tackle Corey Williams is probably the biggest question mark having missed all three practices this week with a knee injury. He’s officially listed as questionable. The knee has bothered Williams since September, and he’s missed a total of five games this year with the injury.

He only practiced once last week and still played against the Colts.

Safety Louis Delmas (knee) and defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch (non injury related, rest) missed practice Friday. Delmas is listed as questionable. Vanden Bosch will play.

Joining Williams and Delmas as questionable are: tackle Jeff Backus (hamstring), defensive tackle Nick Fairley (quad), cornerback Chris Houston (ankle), and cornerback Jacob Lacey (foot/Achilles).

Tackle Gosder Cherilus (knees), defensive end Lawrence Jackson (concussion), receiver Kassim Osgood (finger) and linebacker Ashlee Palmer (thumb) are probable.


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Lions without Williams, Delmas and Vanden Bosch at practice

Posted by ttwentyman on December 7, 2012 – 1:05 pm

Defensive tackle Corey Williams missed his third straight day of practice Friday as the Lions continue to prepare for Sunday’s game in Green Bay.

Williams hasn’t practiced all week because of a sore knee. He’s been bothered by the knee since September, and has missed a total of five games this year with the injury. Williams only practiced once last week, though, and still played vs. the Colts.

The team will release their game designations for Sunday at 4 p.m. today on Detroitlions.com.

Safety Louis Delmas (knee) and defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch (neck) also missed practice. That’s also been the routine for both players in recent weeks and they’ve still been able to play on Sunday.

Defensive tackle Nick Fairley returned to practice after sitting out Thursday with a quad injury. He was still favoring that leg a bit.


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Williams, Fairley only Lions missing from practice

Posted by ttwentyman on December 6, 2012 – 12:56 pm

The Lions had a numbers of starter return to the practice field today and look relatively healthy heading into Sunday night’s prime time matchup with the Packers in Green Bay.

Cornerbacks Chris Houston (ankle) and Jacob Lacey (foot/Achilles) returned to practice after sitting out Wednesday.

Defensive end Lawrence Jackson (concussion), right tackle Gosder Cherilus (knees) and safety Louis Delmas (knee) were also back after missing Wednesday’s session. Delmas was limited participant in the portion of practice open to the media today, though.

Defensive tackles Corey Williams (knee) and Nick Fairley (quad) were the only players not on the practice field.

Fairley was a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice, but is expected to play Sunday.

Williams missed his second consecutive practice, but that could be more his routine for the remainder of the season. He only practiced once last week and still played Sunday vs. Indianapolis.


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Lions missing five starters; Tyrell Johnson and Lance Long practice

Posted by ttwentyman on December 5, 2012 – 1:08 pm

The Lions were outdoors for practice today as they began on-field preparations for Sunday night’s game in Green Bay. The Lions have lost 21-straight games to the Packers in the state of Wisconsin dating back to 1991.

Five starters and another key reserve were not among their teammates at practice Wednesday.

Defensive tackle Corey Williams, cornerbacks Chris Houston and Jacob Lacey, safety Louis Delmas and right tackle Gosder Cherilus did not participate in the portion of practice open to the media. Reserve defensive end Lawrence Jackson also sat out.

All six of those players finished Sunday’s loss to the Colts, though.

New signees Tyrell Johnson and Lance Long were on the field.

Johnson, a safety, was signed Tuesday night when the team released safety Erik Coleman.

Long was signed Wednesday morning to add depth to the receiving corps. He spent the preseason with the Lions and caught eight passes for 97 yards and might have the greatest nickname in the league when he was dubbed “The Vanilla Gorilla” by teammates and coaches this preseason.


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Delmas, Backus, Williams, Vanden Bosch and Lacey all questionable for Sunday

Posted by ttwentyman on November 30, 2012 – 5:00 pm

Safety Louis Delmas did not participate in the portion of practice open to the media on Friday and is officially listed as questionable on the week’s final injury report for Sunday’s game vs. Indianapolis.

Delmas couldn’t finish the Texans game on Thanksgiving because soreness developed in his left knee. He practiced only once this week (on Thursday) and was limited.

The Lions were also without defensive tackle Corey Williams for practice Friday. He, too, is listed as questionable for Sunday. He hasn’t played in nearly a month because of a knee injury.

Left tackle Jeff Backus is also listed as questionable. Backus had his iron-man streak of 187 consecutive starts (including playoffs) broken last week when he missed the Thanksgiving Day Game vs. Houston with a hamstring injury. He was limited in practice both Thursday and Friday.

“Every player if they can go out and do their job and help us be in a position to win then they’ll be out on the field,” Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said of Backus. “If they can’t, then they won’t. We have to do what’s best for the football team. Jeff understands that. He is probably one of our best team-orientated players as it is so he understands that also.”

Also questionable are: cornerback Jacob Lacey (foot/knee) and defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch (neck). Vanden Bosch was a full participant in practice Friday after missing Thursday. Lacey has been limited all week.

The list of players probable for Sunday include: defensive end Cliff Avril (back), cornerback Jonté Green (illness), cornerback Chris Houston (ankle), receiver Calvin Johnson (thumb), running back Mikel Leshoure (ankle), linebacker Ashlee Palmer (thumb) and guard Rob Sims (hamstring).


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No Delmas or Williams at practice

Posted by ttwentyman on November 30, 2012 – 1:09 pm

Safety Louis Delmas did not participate in the portion of practice open to the media on Friday.

Delmas was limited Thursday and his absence puts into question his availability for Sunday’s game vs. Indianapolis.

The Lions will release their game designations at 4 p.m. on Detroitlions.com and Delmas is likely to be questionable.

The Lions were also without defensive tackle Corey Williams at practice. He, too, participated in practice Thursday, also in limited fashion.

The Lions could simply be resting both Williams and Delmas to limit the wear and tear on their injured knees before Sunday.

Defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch (neck) and cornerback Jonte Green (illness) returned to practice. Green hasn’t practiced all week.

Left tackle Jeff Backus was at practice again, but was limited in individual drills with that hamstring injury.


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Lions get a slew of players returning to practice

Posted by ttwentyman on November 29, 2012 – 1:03 pm

It’s Week 13 of the NFL season and the Lions seem to be getting a lot healthier.

Safety Louis Delmas returned to the portion of practice open to the media today, though he was a limited participant in drills.

Delmas left the Thanksgiving Day loss to the Texans in the fourth quarter when soreness developed in his left knee. It’s the same knee that’s kept him out of seven games this year.

His return to the practice field is a positive sign, though, that he could potentially play on Sunday when the Lions host the Colts.

Left tackle Jeff Backus also returned to the practice field. Backus had his 187-game consecutive-start streak (including playoffs) broken last week when a hamstring injury kept him out of the lineup. Backus didn’t seem limited in drills today.

Running back Mikel Leshoure (ankle), defensive end Cliff Avril (back) and defensive tackle Corey Williams (knee) all returned to practice as well.

Williams has missed the last three games with the injury.

The only players to sit out of Thursday’s practice were cornerback Jonte Green, who was listed on Wednesday’s injury report with an illness, and defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch, who was likely given a day off, per is usual weekly schedule.


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Titus Young back at Lions practice; five others sit out

Posted by ttwentyman on November 28, 2012 – 1:03 pm

Receiver Titus Young returned to the portions of Lions practice open to the media today after more than a week away from the team.

Young was inactive for the Thanksgiving Day Game against the Texans and did not practice last week because of disciplinary reasons following the team’s loss to the Packers.

“He needed and the team needed a little time away,” Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said Tuesday when Young wasn’t on the practice field. “And that’s not the same with the other inactive guys. But again, it’s not going to be based on what he does away from here, it’s what he does when he’s here with the team.”

Young took reps with the second team and went last in a number of receiving drills during the individual portion of practice. It appears Young will have to earn the trust back from both his head coach and his teammates before he can be an expected contributor on Sunday.

The Lions also welcomed guard Rob Sims and right tackle Gosder Cherilus back at practice. Both players sat out of yesterday’s “bonus practice.”

The team was without defensive end Cliff Avril, safety Louis Delmas, left tackle Jeff Backus, defensive tackle Corey Williams and running back Mikel Leshoure.

The first injury report of the week will be released at 4p.m. today on Detroitlions.com.


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