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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Leshoure gets the start at Tennessee; Scheffler and Jackson inactive

Posted by ttwentyman on September 23, 2012 – 11:44 am

Running back Mikel Leshoure will get the start in his NFL debut today at Tennessee. The Lions will keep five running backs active in Leshoure, Kevin Smith, Keiland Williams, Stefan Logan and Joique Bell.

Lions tight end Tony Scheffler will not play today with that calf injury and will be replaced in the starting lineup by Will Heller. Scheffler didn’t practice all week and was listed as doubtful on Friday’s injury report.

A surprise healthy scratch is defensive end Lawrence Jackson, who was not included on this week’s injury report.

Also inactive today for the Lions are: safety Louis Delmas, quarterback Kellen Moore, offensive tackles Corey Hilliard and Jason Fox, and linebacker Travis Lewis.

With Scheffler out of the lineup, rookie receiver Ryan Broyles could potentially play a bigger role in the passing game, along with Heller. Broyles was on the active 46-man game roster against the 49ers last week, but did not get into the game.

Cornerbacks Chris Houston and Bill Bentley are both active and will start at cornerback. Both missed the 49ers game due to injury.

Cornerback Jacob Lacey, who showed up on Friday’s injury report with a toe injury, will play and is likely to be the nickel cornerback today.


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Bentley still absent from Lions practice; Jackson returns

Posted by ttwentyman on September 14, 2012 – 1:55 pm

Rookie cornerback Bill Bentley missed practice again Friday after suffering a concussion last week against the Rams. He has yet to clear the concussion protocol to resume practice and it appears unlikely he will play Sunday in San Francisco.

If Bentley doesn’t play Sunday, Jacob Lacey would likely start in his place.

Also not participating in practice Friday were safety Louis Delmas (knee), defensive tackle Corey Williams (knee) and linebacker Travis Lewis (quad).

Cornerback Chris Houston practiced for a third straight day Friday after returning to practice this week from an ankle injury.

Defensive end Lawrence Jackson (calf) was a participant in the portion of practice open to the media for the first time this week.

The Lions will release its official injury report with game designations for Sunday at 4 p.m. today on Detroitlions.com


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WR Calvin Johnson a full participant in practice; CB Chris Houston still limited

Posted by ttwentyman on September 13, 2012 – 4:00 pm

Lions receiver Calvin Johnson was back at the portion of practice open to the media Thursday morning after missing practice Wednesday and later showing up on the injury report with a foot injury. Johnson was listed on Thursday’s injury report as a full participant in practice.

“My foot’s good, you know. Just wanted to give it a day to rest yesterday so that I could get out here and stress it today,” Johnson said after practice Thursday. “You want to stress it on a day like today because it’s a big run day for us so you can see how it would respond in a game.”

Cornerback Chris Houston practiced for a second consecutive day, which is a good sign his injured ankle responded well to practicing Wednesday for the first time in nearly three weeks. However, Houston was still listed as a limited participant in practice for a second straight say.

Houston seems to be trending toward playing on in San Francisco on Sunday, but we’ll have to wait until the Friday’s game designations come out on the injury report. If he doesn’t start, the Lions are likely to go with Jacob Lacey and Drayton Florence at cornerback.

Safety Louis Delmas (knee), cornerback Bill Bentley (concussion), defensive tackle Corey Williams (knee), defensive end Lawrence Jackson (calf) and linebacker Travis Lewis (quad) were all listed as no practice on Thursday’s injury report.

Williams did not practice Thursday after being listed as limited on Wednesday’s report.

Bentley remains out after suffering a concussion against the Rams last week.


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Calvin Johnson back at practice; Delmas, Bentley and others remain out

Posted by ttwentyman on September 13, 2012 – 12:13 pm

Lions receiver Calvin Johnson was back at the portion of practice open to the media Thursday morning after missing practice Wednesday and later showing up on the injury report with a foot injury.

Cornerback Chris Houston practiced for a second consecutive day, which is a good sign his injured ankle responded well to practicing Wednesday for the first time in nearly three weeks. Houston was listed as limited on Wednesday’s injury report. Today’s injury report will be released on Detroitlions.com at 4 p.m. and we’ll see then if his practice status changed any for Thursday.

Safety Louis Delmas remains out of practice. Delmas hasn’t been on the field since undergoing knee surgery Aug. 7. It seems unlikely Delmas would play Sunday night in San Francisco without at least practicing once this week, but head coach Jim Schwartz did say last week that a veteran player like Delmas wouldn’t need a lot of time to get back into the swing of things when designated as healthy enough to play.

Also missing practice Thursday were cornerback Bill Bentley (concussion), defensive tackle Corey Williams (knee), defensive end Lawrence Jackson (calf) and linebacker Travis Lewis (quad). All four of those players also  missed practice Wednesday.


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WR Calvin Johnson listed on Lions injury report with a foot injury

Posted by ttwentyman on September 12, 2012 – 4:01 pm

The Lions released their first injury report of the week Wednesday leading up to Sunday night’s game against the 49ers and it includes a few starters.

Receiver Calvin Johnson did not participate in practice because of a foot injury, according to the report. Johnson played the entire game against the Rams and seems to be fine, judging from the portion of practice open to the media.

“Injury report. You know me,” head coach Jim Schwartz said after practice Wednesday when asked about Johnson’s absence from practice.

Safety Louis Delmas (knee), cornerback Bill Bentley (concussion), linebacker Travis Lewis (quad) and defensive end Lawrence Jackson (calf) were all listed as not practicing Wednesday for the Lions.

Defensive tackle Corey Williams (knee) and cornerback Chris Houston (ankle) were listed as limited on the injury report.

It was the first time Houston has practiced since suffering an ankle injury Week 3 of the preseason.


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Broyles to play tonight; Lacey and Jackson starting on defense

Posted by ttwentyman on August 17, 2012 – 6:51 pm

Lions second-round pick Ryan Broyles will make his NFL debut tonight in Baltimore.

Broyles hasn’t practiced much during training camp because of soreness in the left knee that he had surgically repaired (ACL) last November. In fact, he hasn’t practiced in consecutive days since early in camp. But Broyles said Wednesday that his ability to practice on consecutive days had nothing to do with his availability to play this preseason. It appears he was right.

“When my time comes I’ll be ready,” he said.

Cornerback Jacob Lacey and defensive end Lawrence Jackson will start at right cornerback and right defensive end.

Rookie Bill Bentley started at right cornerback for the Lions in last week’s loss to the Browns. He had an interception and nearly another one in the game.

The Lions are still trying to find the right combinations in their secondary and is giving Lacey, a free agent acquisition this offseason, a chance to show what he can do.

“Well, again we really don’t have ones,” Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said Wednesday when asked about Lacey practicing with the first-team defense. “He’s in a lot of different substitution packages. He’s played well for us in training camp and he’ll get opportunities both inside and outside.

“Then when we get to the game we’ll see how much and how long those guys will be out there. But you’ll see him in a lot of different roles. He’s done a good job so far.”

Jackson is starting for the injured Kyle Vanden Bosch (knee).

Defensive end Cliff Avril and receiver Titus Young will be making their preseason debuts tonight, too. Avril missed last week’s 19-17 loss to the Browns because of a training camp holdout and Young was in California for the birth of his son.

Not playing for the Lions are running back Mikel Leshoure (hamstring), Vanden Bosch (knee), defensive tackle Sammie Hill (back), safety Louis Delmas (knee), offensive tackle Jonathan Scott (knee), cornerback Chris Greenwood (PUP) and running back Jahvid Best (PUP).


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Building depth on defense a point of emphasis for Schwartz

Posted by ttwentyman on January 9, 2012 – 9:04 pm

Injuries are a part of life in the NFL.

Teams who are able to overcome them with good depth on the roster are usually the ones left standing in the end.

The Lions were hit hard by injuries on defense and it certainly affected them toward the end of the season.

Heading into the Thanksgiving game against the Packers in Week 11, the Lions ranked 9th in total defense, 27th against the run and 5th against the pass.

They lost safety Louis Delmas and corner Chris Houston to knee injures against the Packers and suffered other nicks and bruises over the course of the next few weeks. Delmas didn’t return until the playoffs and Houston was never 100 percent.

The injuries hit the Lions hard.

They ended the season 23rd in total defense, 23rd against the run and 22nd against the pass.

“We didn’t adjust well to dealing with those injuries,” Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said Monday. “How much of it was due to losing Delmas and Chris Houston and Willie (Young) and Lawrence Jackson and those guys? We lost a lot of depth on our D-line; we lost a couple key players in our secondary.

“I think you look at the injury situation: our offense, other than the running back position, was relatively healthy over the course of the season. Defensively, I don’t think we could say the same. It’s the same defense, I think, after about week 8, 9, 10, whatever it was, (that) was top-10-type defense. Obviously we didn’t finish that well.”

That’s an understatement.

The Lions allowed a combined 90 points and 1,176 yards of offense in losses to the Packers and Saints to end the season.

Just as important on the Lions’ offseason to-do list as re-signing defensive end Cliff Avril and linebacker Stephen Tulloch is continuing to build depth on defense.

Injuries are a part of life in the NFL and the Lions need to put themselves in a better position to deal with them.

“We certainly still have work to do there,” Schwartz admitted.


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Lions without four starters at practice Wednesday

Posted by ttwentyman on December 21, 2011 – 1:25 pm

The Lions were without four starters at practice Wednesday as they continued on-field preparations for Saturday’s Christmas Eve game against the Chargers at Ford Field.

Safety Louis Delmas, defensive tackle Corey Williams, right tackle Gosder Cherilus and defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch did not participate in the portion of practice open to the media.

Vanden Bosch is typically given a day of rest on Wednesday.

The official injury report will be released at 4 p.m.

Also not practicing for the Lions Wednesday were: defensive tackle Nick Fairley, safety Chris Harris and corner Don Carey.

Fairley practiced Tuesday. He said two weeks ago, though, that rest could be part of his weekly regiment going forward as he continues to deal with a foot injury.

Both Harris and Carey did not practice Tuesday.

Long snapper Don Muhlbach was back practicing Wednesday after missing Tuesday.

Corner Aaron Berry (shoulder), corner Chris Houston (knee) and defensive end Lawrence Jackson (thigh bruise) continue to practice this week.


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Still no Louis Delmas at Lions practice

Posted by ttwentyman on December 20, 2011 – 1:43 pm

Lions coach Jim Schwartz said Monday that all of his 53 players would be “in the mix to play this week” when the Chargers come to Ford Field on Saturday.

That means none of the injuries the Lions are dealing with are long-term.

However, there were still a number of players missing from Tuesday’s first practice of the week.

Safety Louis Delmas, who had arthroscopic knee surgery on Saturday, did not practice.

Delmas didn’t travel to Oakland and hasn’t played since hurting the knee against the Packers on Thanksgiving.

Also not participating in the portion of practice open to the media were: defensive tackle Corey Williams, safety Chris Harris, corner Don Carey and long snapper Don Muhlbach.

Corner Aaron Berry practiced for the first time since separating his right shoulder against the Vikings Dec. 11 and to part in individual drills.

Berry still looks to be favoring that right shoulder some, though.

Corner Chris Houston, who started against Oakland Sunday but was replaced by Alphonso Smith, was participating in practice.

Defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch got his usual day of rest to begin the workweek.

Fellow defensive end Lawrence Jackson took part in his second practice since suffering a thigh bruise against the Bears back in November.

Running back Kevin Smith (high ankle sprain) practiced and looked fine.

There will be no official injury report released by the team today.


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