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Calvin Johnson probable for Sunday; Ziggy Ansah questionable

Posted Nov 15, 2013

Calvin Johnson is listed as probable for Sunday's game in Pittsburgh, but starting defensive end Ziggy Ansah could be a game-time decision with that sore left ankle

Receiver Calvin Johnson and defensive end Ziggy Ansah participated in practice the first time this week on Friday.

It appears the Lions will have Johnson in the lineup when they travel to Pittsburgh on Sunday, but Ansah’s status is still questionable.

Calvin JohnsonWR Calvin Johnson

The team listed Johnson (knee) as probable on Friday’s injury report. Ansah, however, is questionable with that left ankle injury and could be a game-time decision.

Ansah was considerably limited in practice on Friday, the first practice he’s participated in since injury the ankle Oct. 27 against Dallas. His chances of playing are around 50/50. If he can’t go, expect rookie Devin Taylor to make his second career start.

The Lions listed cornerback Bill Bentley (knee) and receiver Nate Burleson (forearm) as doubtful to play. Bentley missed last week’s game in Chicago after injuring the knee against Dallas.

Burleson hasn’t played since Week 3, but the fact that he was doubtful this week, after being listed as "out" on last Friday’s injury report, could be a sign he’s getting closer to returning.

Right tackle Corey Hilliard, who returned to practice in limited fashion this week for the first time in three weeks with that knee injury, is listed as questionable.

Rookie LaAdrian Waddle is expected to get the start at right tackle.

Running back Reggie Bush (knee) and safety Louis Delmas (knee) join Megatron as players listed as probable to play on Sunday.

The only player the team has already ruled out is running back Montell Owens (knee).