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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Young inactive for second consecutive game; Backus to start

Posted by ttwentyman on December 2, 2012 – 12:32 pm

Receiver Titus Young is inactive today for the Lions and will miss his second consecutive game for disciplinary reasons.

Young was asked to leave the team following a loss to the Packers two weeks ago when he continually lined up wrong and was insubordinate on the sideline.

He was inactive last week vs. Houston. Young rejoined practice this week, but head coach Jim Schwartz said Young had to earn his was back to active status.

Young has 33 receptions for 375 yards and four touchdowns on the season.

Rookie Ryan Broyles and veteran Mike Thomas did a nice job of picking up the slack for Young last week. Broyles had 126 receiving yards and Thomas caught his first touchdown as a Lion.

The Lions will have the services of safety Louis Delmas, who is active and will make his fifth start of the season today vs. Indianapolis. Delmas left in the fourth quarter on Thanksgiving with soreness in his left knee.

The Lions will also have Jeff Backus back at left tackle. Backus saw his iron-man streak of 187 consecutive starts (including playoffs) snapped last week because of a hamstring injury.  Backus was limited in practice all week but is ready to go.

Joining Titus Young on the inactive list are: cornerback Jonte Green, tackles Jason Fox and Corey Hilliard, receiver Brian Robiskie, quarterback Kellen Moore and defensive end Ronnell Lewis.

Green has been dealing with an illness all week.

Defensive tackle Corey Williams will play for the first time in a month because of a knee injury, but will not start. Nick Fairley, who has three sacks over his last three games while starting for Williams, will get the nod.

Ricardo Silva will start opposite Delmas at the other safety spot.


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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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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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Backus’ regular season streak ends; Delmas to start

Posted by ttwentyman on November 22, 2012 – 12:05 pm

Jeff Backus’ iron-man streak of 186 consecutive regular season starts is over.

The 12-year veteran is inactive today due to an injured hamstring suffered Sunday in a loss to the Packers. Rookie Riley Reiff will start at left tackle.

Backus’ inactive status ends one of the most impressive streaks in NFL history.

Consider this, Backus has started every game at left tackle since the Lions drafted him in 2001. His 186 starts is a franchise record and the third-longest active streak in the NFL.

Backus started 49 consecutive games at Michigan beginning his redshirt freshman season in 1997, which means today is the first time Backus hasn’t started a game his team has played dating back 236 games.

Third-year player Jason Fox is active for the first time this season as a backup tackle. Fox hasn’t played in a game since his rookie season in 2010.

The Lions did get some good news with safety Louis Delmas, though. Delmas will play for the first time since injuring his left knee in a win over Seattle nearly a month ago. The Lions are 2-1 in games Delmas has started this season.

They’ll also have the services of cornerback Drayton Florence, who’s been cleared for contact after suffering a concussion in the Packers game. Florence participated in Wednesday’s walkthrough and will start at right cornerback for the injured Jacob Lacey (foot), who will not play today.

With receiver Titus Young inactive because of disciplinary reasons, rookie Ryan Broyles will get his first career start.

Receiver Brian Robiskie will be active for the first time since the Seattle game to add depth to the receiving corps.

Second-year defensive tackle Nick Fairley is active and will play today. Fairley showed up on Wednesday’s injury report with an illness. He’ll start his third straight game for the injured Corey Williams, who will miss his third consecutive contest.

Joining Backus, Young, Lacey and Williams on the inactive list are: offensive tackle Corey Hilliard, quarterback Kellen Moore and  defensive end Ronnell Lewis.


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Delmas, Fairley, Florence questionable; Backus doubtful

Posted by ttwentyman on November 21, 2012 – 5:00 pm

Lions safety Louis Delmas is officially listed as questionable for Thursday’s Thanksgiving Day Game vs. Houston.

Delmas has missed the team’s last three contests since injuring his left knee in the third quarter against Seattle Oct. 28. It was same knee Delmas had surgery on in training camp that prevented him from playing in the team’s first four games.

He returned to practice Tuesday in limited fashion and was also limited in Wednesday’s walkthrough, though designations for walkthroughs are estimations because it isn’t officially a practice.

“There’s nothing like having the leader of your defense, a guy who is literally the heart and soul of our defense, and a guy that’s been experienced and played well in our defense,” Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said this week when asked what Delmas’ return to the lineup would mean.

Cornerback Drayton Florence (concussion) is also listed as questionable. Florence was listed as a limited participant in Wednesday’s walkthrough, so based on that estimation, Florence has been cleared to resume physical activity. It’s unclear if he’s been cleared for contact after suffering a concussion last week vs. the Packers.

Second-year defensive tackle Nick Fairley, who’s played very well in back-to-back weeks, showed up on Wednesday’s injury report with an illness and is also listed as questionable. He did not participate in the team’s walkthrough on Wednesday.

Fairley has started for the injured Corey Williams (knee) the last two weeks and has combined for 11 tackles, three sacks and five tackles for loss over that span.

Joining Delmas, Florence and Fairley as questionable is cornerback Jacob Lacey (foot) and Williams (knee/illness).

As expected, left tackle Jeff Backus is listed as doubtful with a hamstring injury. Backus has started 187 consecutive games (including playoffs) since being drafted by the Lions in 2001. If he doesn’t play, rookie Riley Reiff will start at left tackle.

The list of players probable are: defensive end Cliff Avril (back), safety Erik Coleman (eye), kicker Jason Hanson (left foot), defensive tackle Sammie Hill (knee), cornerback Chris Houston (ankle), receiver Calvin Johnson (knee/thumb), linebacker Ashlee Palmer (chest), guard Rob Sims (hamstring) and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (knee).

Receiver Titus Young has been ruled out for none injury related reasons.

The Texans have listed defensive tackle Shaun Cody (back/ribs), linebacker Tim Dobbins (shoulder), cornerback Johnathan Joseph (hamstring) and running back Ben Tate (hamstring) as questionable.


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S Louis Delmas back at Lions practice, as is DT Corey Williams

Posted by ttwentyman on November 20, 2012 – 1:05 pm

Safety Louis Delmas was back at Lions practice today for the first time since injuring his left knee in the third quarter against Seattle Oct. 28.

Delmas has missed six games this year with left knee troubles, but appears to be ready to make his return on Thanksgiving when the Lions host the Texans (9-1).

The Lions had two of their better defensive performances this season when Delmas was on the field at Philadelphia and at Chicago. He’s the team’s best safety and is the heart and soul of that defense.

After missing the first four games of the season due to rehab from the surgery he underwent Aug. 7, Delmas made his 2012 debut in Philadelphia and had seven tackles, two tackles for loss and an interception in the Lions win.

The Texans come to town with the league’s third-ranked scoring offense.

The Lions also welcomed defensive tackle Corey Williams back to the portion of practice open to the media. Williams has missed the last two games with a knee injury.

Second-year defensive tackle Nick Fairley has been playing well in Williams’ place, but the Lions could certainly use their full arsenal up front vs. a very good Texans offensive line.

The Lions were without tackle Jeff Backus (hamstring), cornerback Drayton Florence (concussion) and receiver Titus Young, who’s been ruled out for disciplinary reasons.


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RB Mikel Leshoure returns to Lions practice

Posted by ttwentyman on August 15, 2012 – 9:42 am

The Lions have been through 13 practices and one preseason game since the last time running back Mikel Leshoure was on the practice field.

After missing all of last season with a torn Achilles tendon suffered in the second week of training camp, Leshoure was back on the mend just two days into training camp this year after injuring his hamstring in the Lions second practice of camp on July 28.

Leshoure made his return to practice this morning.

He said last week that he was close to returning and had begun running as part of his rehab. Leshoure is unlikely to play in Friday’s preseason game against the Ravens with just one practice under his belt in the last two weeks.

The Lions ran the ball well in its preseason opener against the Browns. Keiland Williams and Joique Bell combined for 160 yards on 25 carries as the Lions totaled 198 yards on 33 rushes.

Offensive tackle Jeff Backus, linebacker Stephen Tulloch and defensive tackle Corey Williams returned to practice after missing Tuesday’s session.


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Jeff Backus leaves practice with a thumb injury

Posted by ttwentyman on July 28, 2012 – 1:13 pm

Left tackle Jeff Backus sustained a thumb injury at practice Saturday in training camp.

Lions coach Jim Schwartz was unsure of the severity of Backus’ injury, saying further tests needed to be done.

“He hurt his thumb in one-on-one,” Schwartz said. “Went in and got x-rays. Didn’t return to practice. We’re going to wait and see what those looks like. It wasn’t real determinate right away, but there are some findings on there so we’ll look at it later this afternoon and see what comes of it. If it’s something long-term, we’ll let you know.”

Backus, who has started 176 consecutive games in an 11-year career, is coming off an injury to his left bicep that required surgery this offseason.

The Lions rotated Corey Hilliard, Jason Fox and Riley Reiff into first-team reps in Backus’ absence Saturday.

If it turns out the injury is severe like a broken finger, Schwartz said it wasn’t an injury that’s likely to force Backus to miss time in the regular season.

“Guys have played with a lot worse, but obviously it’s a training camp practice, we’re not going to push through a situation like that,” Schwartz said. “We’ll just wait and see.”

Backus returned to the sidelines later in practice and didn’t seem to be bothered by the injury.

Running back Mikel Leshoure grabbed at his hamstring in a team drill and shut it down the rest of practice. He said in the locker room that the injury was no big deal and that he was fine.


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