Three key starters back at Lions practice today

Posted by ttwentyman on November 15, 2012 – 1:03 pm

The Lions got three key starters back on the practice field Thursday as they continue to get ready for Sunday’s matchup vs. Green Bay.

Cornerback Chris Houston, receiver Calvin Johnson and defensive end Cliff Avril all returned to practice after sitting out Wednesday.

Houston injured his ankle in the fourth quarter last week at Minnesota and did not return to the game. He said afterward the injury wasn’t serious, though. It appears he was right.

Avril, who wasn’t yet cleared to return from a concussion by practice time Wednesday, was cleared sometime after practice and returned to action today.

The Lions also got safety Erik Coleman back after he missed practice yesterday with headaches associated from being poked in the eye.

The Lions are still without safeties Louis Delmas and Amari Spievey and defensive tackle Corey Williams.

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Houston, Johnson and Avril among seven missing practice

Posted by ttwentyman on November 14, 2012 – 1:06 pm

The Lions were without three-quarters of their starting secondary Wednesday at the portion of practice open to the media.

Safeties Louis Delmas (knee) and Amari Spievey (concussion) remain out, and cornerback Chris Houston joined them after hurting his ankle in last week’s loss to the Vikings.

The Lions host reigning MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Packers at Ford Field this Sunday.

Despite not practicing, Delmas looked to have a little more pep in his step. The Lions continue to list him as day-to-day with that left knee injury and it appears he’s getting closer to returning.

The Lions were also without receiver Calvin Johnson, defensive end Cliff Avril, defensive tackle Corey Williams and safety Erik Coleman.

Cornerback Drayton Florence continues to practice while waiting for activation from short-term injured reserve. The Lions don’t have to activate Florence until next week, but he’s expected to be activated later this week and play vs. the Packers. He’s been out since Week 2 when he broke his forearm at San Francisco.

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Lions to start same secondary for consecutive weeks; Corey Williams out

Posted by ttwentyman on November 11, 2012 – 12:31 pm

The Lions will start the same four players in the secondary for consecutive weeks for the first time this season today at Minnesota.

With safeties Louis Delmas and Amari Spievey already ruled out, Ricardo Silva and Erik Coleman will get the start.

Coleman recorded his first interception of the season in a win over the Jaguars a week ago and Silva had his first career pick the week prior in a win over Seattle.

Chris Houston and Jacob Lacey will start at cornerback.

The Lions will be without defensive starter tackle Corey Williams with a knee injury. Second-year player Nick Fairley will get his third career start in his place.

Receiver Titus Young and defensive end Cliff Avril, who were both listed as questionable on Friday, will play.

Linebacker DeAndre Levy returns to the starting lineup after missing the last two weeks with a hamstring injury. Levy was leading the team in tackles before the injury and still ranks third with 37, despite missing two games.

Receiver Calvin Johnson, who was listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report, will start. Johnson practiced for the first time in two weeks on Friday and told reporters this week that his left knee feels better than it did a week ago when he didn’t practice at all but still had seven catches for 129 yards at Jacksonville.

Joining Delmas, Spievey and Williams on the inactive list today are: offensive tackles Jason Fox and Corey Hilliard, receiver Brian Robiskie, and quarterback Kellen Moore.

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Delmas and Houston miss practice again today

Posted by ttwentyman on September 7, 2012 – 12:17 pm

Safety Louis Delmas and cornerback Chris Houston were absent from the portion of Lions practice open to the media again on Friday and the likelihood of either one playing Sunday against the Rams is not very good at this point.

The team will release a full injury report at 4 p.m. with both Houston’s and Delmas’ game statuses for Sunday.

“It is what it is,” Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said earlier this week. “We’ll get through and get those guys back on the field as soon as we can. When we do they’ll be ready. If they’re not, we have other guys that get paid to play also so we’ll be fine.”

The Lions are likely to start John Wendling in the place of Delmas as they’ve done all preseason. He’ll play alongside Erik Coleman at the other safety spot. Rookie Bill Bentley and, most likely, Jacob Lacey at the corner spots.

Schwartz said last week that Delmas would have to practice at least once this week in order to play Sunday. He hasn’t practiced since undergoing knee surgery Aug. 7.

Houston suffered an ankle injury in the team’s third preseason game in Oakland and hasn’t practiced since.

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Lions ink S Erik Coleman to one-year deal

Posted by ttwentyman on March 15, 2012 – 9:46 pm

The Lions have re-signed safety Erik Coleman to a one-year contract, the eight-year veteran confirmed to

“I feel very blessed to have another opportunity to play in Detroit,” he said. “I’m looking forward to getting back on the field and contributing wherever I can.”

Coleman was part of a Lions safety corps that was decimated by injuries last season. Coleman played in the first four games last season before breaking his leg Week 4 in a come-from-behind victory over the Cowboys.

“Our safety position this year was kind of like our quarterback position in 2010, you know,” Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said after the season. “We had Erik Coleman, we felt good about a third safety – he went down against Dallas.

“We had a ton of injuries at safety and it just was one of those positions where every time we got a guy, a guy got hurt. That’s kind of the luck of the draw – that’s how it goes.”

Coleman was beat out by Amari Spievey for the other safety spot opposite Louis Delmas. The Lions felt his absence toward the end of the season when they suffered a number of injuries at the position.

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