The Detroit Lions got some good news on Thursday as they continued preparations for Sunday’s game against the Vikings. QB Matthew Stafford and two other offensive starters returned to practice after sitting out on Wednesday.
Stafford had been dealing with a hip injury before last week, but he aggravated the during Sunday’s loss in Tennessee and wasn’t able to finish the game. He sat out of practice on Wednesday, leaving some to wonder if he’d be available for the game this weekend. As we said earlier on Thursday, though, Stafford has a reputation for playing through pain and the Vikings were preparing for him to start.
“Yeah, it was good,” Lions Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan said, according to Tim Twentyman of the team’s website. “He got a lot of work in. Jim (Schwartz) can give you a status update today. But, he was out there and I think he feels a lot better.”
Two other offensive starters who also sat out on Wednesday returned to practice on Thursday. WR Titus Young (knee), an important part of the Lions #1-ranked passing offense, was back on the field and so too was TE Tony Scheffler (calf). Scheffler missed last week’s game because of the calf injury. Brandon Pettigrew and Scheffler are both listed as starting TEs on the team’s website depth chart.
The Lions didn’t get the same kind of good injury news with their defense on Thursday. Twentyman reported that S Louis Delmas (knee), DT Corey Williams (knee) and LB Travis Lewis (quad) all were not practicing. Furthermore, the Lions later announced that Williams, a starter along with N’Damukong Suh in the middle of Detroit’s stout defensive line, underwent knee surgery and will be unavailable for Sunday’s game.
We’ll have more on that as well as plenty of Vikings updates from practice later today, so stay tuned.
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