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PRACTICE REPORT: Ansah, Bentley and Hilliard remain sidelined for Lions

Posted Nov 7, 2013

Ziggy Ansah, Bill Bentley and Corey Hilliard missed their third practice of the week on Thursday

Another day of practice for the Detroit Lions without defensive end Ziggy Ansah, cornerback Bill Bentley and tackle Corey Hilliard.

All three players haven’t practiced this week and their availability for Sunday’s pivotal NFC North matchup in Chicago is very much in question.

Ansah (ankle) and Bentley (knee) were injured early in the Dallas game and did not return. Neither player has practiced since.

Hilliard injured a knee against Cincinnati Oct. 20 and has been sidelined since. Head coach Jim Schwartz characterized Hilliard's injury as "medium term" meaning the Lions could be without him for a couple more weeks.

The team signed veteran defensive end Austen Lane earlier in the week and both Lane and Schwartz said on Wednesday he’d be ready to play in Chicago if needed.

Safety Louis Delmas returned to the portion of practice open to the media after sitting out Tuesday and Wednesday. The Lions are simply sticking to the plan with Delmas and limiting the wear and tear on that sore left knee in between games.

Linebacker Travis Lewis also returned to practice after sitting out Wednesday and showing up on the injury report with an ankle injury.