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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