Detroit Lions: Practice report

BAGSHOT, England -- The Detroit Lions’ banged-up skill position players continue to take turns sitting out practice.

 While Calvin Johnson practiced for the second straight day Thursday -- the first time he’s practiced on back-to-back days since before Week 3 against Green Bay -- the Lions were still without their top three tight ends and a top running back on Thursday.

Brandon Pettigrew, Joseph Fauria, Eric Ebron and Reggie Bush all sat out the portion of practice open to the media at Pennyhill Park Hotel and Spa on Thursday. The three tight ends did not practice Wednesday, either, while Bush’s absence Thursday is somewhat of a surprise.

Bush had said both Tuesday and Wednesday he is not 100 percent, but plans to play Sunday in Wembley Stadium against the Atlanta Falcons.

If Bush does not play Sunday against Atlanta, it would mean more carries and touches for Joique Bell and Theo Riddick. Riddick sat out last Sunday’s game against New Orleans with a hamstring injury.

Right now, the healthy Lions’ tight ends are Kellen Davis and Jordan Thompson. Both were signed within the last week, although Thompson was promoted from the practice squad.

In good news for the Lions, defensive end Ezekiel Ansah returned to practice after missing Wednesday so he would appear on track to play against the Falcons.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Jim Caldwell said the Detroit Lions are still evaluating the abdominal injury suffered by rookie linebacker Kyle Van Noy.

Meanwhile, the second-round draft pick has missed his second straight practice.

"I'm not certain yet. He's still under evaluation. He's still got to see the doctors," Caldwell said prior to Monday's practice. "Doctor is going to tell him to go to a specialist to take a look at it and we'll make a determination at that point in time where he is."

Van Noy was one of three Lions players not practicing Monday, joining safety Don Carey (hamstring) and running back Reggie Bush. Both TJ Jones and DeJon Gomes were in attendance as well, but Jones is on the PUP list and Gomes is on season-ending injured reserve.

Running back Montell Owens, who suffered a head injury Friday night against Jacksonville, returned to practice on Monday.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who missed his fifth career game Sunday against Green Bay, was not at practice Wednesday as he continues to rehabilitate his ailing knee.

Five other Lions starters also missed practice Wednesday: cornerback Chris Houston (hamstring), safety Louis Delmas (knee), right tackle Jason Fox (lower body) and tight end Tony Scheffler (unknown).

Also missing practice was running back Theo Riddick (concussion).

In some good news for Detroit, receiver Nate Burleson was at practice for the first time since breaking his forearm in a car accident as he attempted to save a pizza from falling from his seat.

He only had a hat, though, not a helmet, so he would not be practicing.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Calvin Johnson has missed Detroit Lions practice for the second straight day. So did starting cornerback Chris Houston.

Houston has a hamstring issue he's dealing with and Johnson is listed as a knee injury. Johnson also missed last Wednesday's practice with a knee issue, but was fine to play Sunday.

Keep an eye on this -- and Johnson is tentatively scheduled to talk later Thursday.

Linebacker Ashlee Palmer also missed practice, but that is a typical Thursday off for the starter.

Among those returning to practice Thursday: Safeties Glover Quin and Louis Delmas. Quin told me yesterday he was fine, so it was likely just a rest-up healing day for him.

Oh, new wide receiver Kevin Ogletree was out there Thursday as well, wearing No. 11.

Official practice report comes out at 4 p.m. ET.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson was not participating in the media portion of practice for the second straight Wednesday.

Johnson, who was at practice but without a helmet last Wednesday, did not show up today.

Safety Louis Delmas, as per usual, was not at practice Wednesday. His safety-mate, Glover Quin, was there but without a helmet, so that usually indicates no practicing for him.

Also not in attendance -- cornerback Chris Houston, who has a leg issue, and wide receiver Nate Burleson.

In better news for Detroit, Rashean Mathis was at practice, as was wide receiver Patrick Edwards. Edwards miss Sunday's game with an ankle injury.

In other news, two players were wearing bright pink shoes (it is breast cancer awareness month in the NFL) -- linebacker Tahir Whitehead and center Dominic Raiola.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Good news for the Detroit Lions on Thursday. Every player other than receiver Nate Burleson showed up at practice with a helmet.

That means Calvin Johnson and Rob Sims, among others, were back out with the Lions practicing.

Of course, there could be a bunch of guys who are limited Thursday, but that won't be fully known until 4 p.m., when the day's practice report comes out.

The Lions' two signings were also in attendance. Defensive tackle D'Anthony Smith is wearing No. 95, and practice squad receiver Charles Hawkins is wearing No. 19.

Calvin Johnson out, Reggie Bush in

September, 25, 2013
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The Detroit Lions had one of its offensive stars back at practice Wednesday -- just as another sat out.

Running back Reggie Bush worked out with the Lions on Wednesday, going through all drills during the media portion of practice, albeit with a protective sleeve on his left knee. Wide receiver Calvin Johnson, though, did not practice Wednesday.

The reason for him sitting out is unknown. The Lions first injury report of the week will come out at 4 p.m.

Detroit actually had a good number of players return to practice who have missed time. Wide receiver Patrick Edwards (ankle), safety Don Carey (hamstring) and right tackle Jason Fox (groin) all worked out Wednesday.

The only players out were safety Louis Delmas (knee), wide receiver Nate Burleson (forearm) and starting left guard Rob Sims, who was in attendance and working off to the side with trainers.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The Detroit Lions started practicing for their game Sunday at Arizona on fairly hot Wednesday morning.

The heat, in theory, could help the Lions deal with the all-too-typical weather in the desert.

Two players -- starting right tackle Jason Fox and reserve safety Don Carey -- were not practicing. Both have "soft-tissue" injuries, Lions coach Jim Schwartz said Monday, and were injured in Sunday's 34-24 win over Minnesota.

Corey Hilliard replaced Fox at right tackle in the Minnesota game and he would likely get the nod if Fox's groin doesn't heal in time.

Running back Reggie Bush, who hurt his thumb and groin Sunday, participated in the media portion of practice. So did safety Louis Delmas, who has chronic knee issues.

An update on Fox and Carey -- and in Carey's case, exactly what his injury is -- will be available later today.