NFL Nation: 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.

Jets report: A Holmes-Kerley reunion?

December, 5, 2013
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Santonio Holmes and Jeremy Kerley haven't played a game together since Week 4. The New York Jets hope the wide receiver reunion occurs Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.

Holmes, still battling a hamstring injury, didn't participate in positional drills Thursday during the early portion of practice. After Wednesday's practice, he spoke optimistically about Sunday. Holmes was limited to only two plays last week because he tweaked the injury in practice.

Kerley, who has missed three games with a dislocated elbow, was on the practice field again and appears to be progressing toward his return.

All things considered, the Jets seem relatively healthy. Cornerback Antonio Cromartie (hip) sat out positional drills and tight end Kellen Winslow (knee) was back on the field after a scheduled day off.

The Jets seemed to be in good spirits on Thursday. Coach Rex Ryan, who called Wednesday's practice the best of the year, even ran downfield to cover a kickoff as a member of the scout team.

Practice report: Cromartie, Holmes sit

November, 28, 2013
Cornerback Antonio Cromartie (hip) missed practice for the second straight day, leaving his status for Sunday in doubt. Wide receiver Santonio Holmes (hamstring/foot) also missed practice Thursday, although it likely was a scheduled rest day.

The New York Jets practiced on Thanksgiving, but there was no media access.

Cromartie's status might not be decided until Sunday. He's a question mark, as is wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (dislocated elbow), who practiced on a limited basis for the second straight day. The full practice report:


Did not practice: Cromartie, Holmes, TE Kellen Winslow (knee).

Limited: RB Chris Ivory (ankle), Kerley (elbow), C Nick Mangold (wrist), LB Garrett McIntyre (knee).

Full practice: G Willie Colon (calf), NT Kenrick Ellis (back), WR Stephen Hill (knee), CB Dee Milliner (wrist), WR Greg Salas (finger), DE Muhammad Wilkerson (wrist).


Out: OT Jonathan Martin (illness).

Did not practice: S Chris Clemons (knee/hamstring), CB Dimitri Patterson (groin), CB Jamar Taylor (hamstring), RB Daniel Thomas (ankle).

Limited: C Sam Brenner (knee), WR Rishard Matthews (back).

Full practice: LB Koa Misi (knee), WR Marlon Moore (hamstring), DT Jared Odrick (knee), RB Marcus Thigpen (wrist), S Jimmy Wilson (abdomen).
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.

Practice report: Getting healthy

September, 19, 2013
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- As Rex Ryan said on Wednesday, the Jets appear to be healthy heading into Sunday's game against Buffalo.

Linebacker Quinton Coples (ankle), wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (concussion) and running back Bilal Powell (illness/shoulder) were all working during the portion of practice open to the media on Thursday.

Coples had his first official practice on Wednesday as he returned from a hairline fracture on his right ankle and the corresponding surgery. He was limited on Wednesday, and is uncertain whether he'll play this weekend.

Kerley returned to practice on Wednesday after being cleared by the medical staff. Kerley suffered a concussion and missed last Thursday's game against New England. He had a full practice Wednesday.

Powell missed Wednesday's practice with an illness. Powell leads the Jets with 77 rushing yards and has rushed for a score.

Tight end Kellen Winslow (knee) was also working during the open portion. He was limited Wednesday.

Practice report: Jets re-sign Obomanu

September, 10, 2013
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Unlike the Patriots, the Jets are practicing before Thursday's game.

The new face at practice on Tuesday was newly signed wide receiver Ben Obomanu, who was previously cut when the Jets made their final moves to get the roster to 53. His arrival all but signals that wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (concussion) is not going to play against the Patriots on Thursday. He didn't go Monday or Tuesday after being hit in the head on Sunday.

To make space for Obomanu, the Jets cut linebacker Scott Solomon.

Quarterback Mark Sanchez (right shoulder) was at practice and was throwing left-handed once again, and hasn't departed the team yet to get the second opinion on his injured right shoulder. Sanchez will not play this Thursday against New England, the second straight game he will miss.

Linebacker Quinton Coples (ankle) was not practicing but worked with the trainers off to the side, an encouraging sign in his rehab after fracturing his ankle in August. Coples hasn't played yet.

The rest of the Jets who were on the injury report Monday all appeared to be doing work in some capacity, including center Nick Mangold (elbow), tight end Jeff Cumberland (chin), cornerback Dee Milliner (hip), running back Chris Ivory (thumb) and defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson (shoulder).
Jason Pierre-PaulJohn Munson/USA TODAY SportsJason Pierre-Paul could be ready for the Giants' regular season opener in Dallas on Sept. 8.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who was activated from the physically unable to perform list and practiced for the first time Monday, was back on the field Tuesday afternoon.

After just doing individual work Monday, Pierre-Paul took some 11-on-11 team reps on Tuesday and looked good, making it more likely he will be ready for the team's regular- season opener in Dallas on Sept. 8.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin said the trainers gave Pierre-Paul permission to do more. "He jumped in there, did a couple good things," Coughlin said.

In other news from Tuesday's practice:

" Coughlin stuck with the same revamped first-team offensive line he unveiled on Monday. Kevin Boothe remained at center and James Brewer at left guard, along with left tackle Will Beatty, right guard Chris Snee and right tackle Justin Pugh.

You can expect that to be the starting O-line on Thursday against the Patriots.

" On defense, Dan Connor continued to get the first-team reps at middle linebacker, over Mark Herzlich.

The starting secondary remained intact, with Ryan Mundy replacing the injured Stevie Brown at safety. But interestingly, when the Giants unveiled their first-team nickel unit, Terrell Thomas was the third cornerback alongside Prince Amukamara and Corey Webster, while Aaron Ross was on the second unit. The Giants are showing great confidence in Thomas, who's coming off a third ACL surgery.