Lions LT Jeff Backus activated

Updated: August 21, 2011, 7:45 PM ET
Associated Press

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The Detroit Lions activated left tackle Jeff Backus on Sunday and the 11-year veteran practiced with the team for the first time this season.

Backus, who's started 160 straight games, suffered a partially-torn chest muscle during the offseason and spent the first three weeks of training camp on the active/non-football injury list.

It's not clear whether he'll play in Saturday's exhibition game against visiting New England.

"Physically, I just have ...

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