- Michael Rothstein, ESPN Staff Writer
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ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Wide receiver Nate Burleson and right tackle Corey Hilliard, both of whom are returning from injuries suffered earlier this season, were limited in Detroit Lions practice Wednesday.
This was Hilliard's first practice back since injuring his knee against Cincinnati last month. Burleson has been practicing for the past week and said he was cleared Wednesday to catch passes in practice against a defense.
"Everything is good. I had X-rays yesterday and the X-rays are great. Calcification and that’s pretty much all they need to see right now," Burleson said. "I was cleared to run around today, which I didn’t even know I was going to do, but it felt good to go out there, bang my arm around, get some contact, catch the ball, you know. Feels good but still, with that being said, I have to listen to the doctors, have to listen to the coaches and we’re in a good position now.
"If the season was different and there was a sense of urgency of guys needing to be out there and playmakers, then I’ll take a pain pill and say, 'Let’s do it.' That’s just my personality."
As reported earlier, defensive end Ziggy Ansah (ankle), cornerback Bill Bentley (knee), safety Louis Delmas (knee), wide receiver Calvin Johnson (knee) and running back Montell Owens (knee) didn't participate in practice.
Detroit coach Jim Schwartz said Wednesday that Owens' injury is still in the day-to-day, week-to-week category.