PRACTICE REPORT: Calvin Johnson misses practice; Nate Burleson makes an appearance

Posted Oct 9, 2013

The Detroit Lions were without a number of key contributors on both sides of the football Wednesday as they began preparations for Sunday's game in Cleveland

The Lions were back on the practice field Wednesday beginning their preparations for Sunday’s game in Cleveland.

Tony SchefflerTE Tony Scheffler (Photo: G.Smith/Detroit Lions)

They did so, however, without a number of key contributors on both sides of the football.

New to the injury report is tight end Tony Scheffler, who missed practice with a concussion. Scheffler took a big hit across the middle of the field in last week’s game in Green Bay and was slow to get up on the play.

It’s unclear if that’s when the concussion occurred or not.

Scheffler now falls under the NFL protocol regarding concussions and he’ll have to be cleared by an independent neurologist before returning to the field.

Reserve running back Theo Riddick is in the same boat after suffering a concussion earlier in the game Sunday. He did not practice Wednesday, either.

Offensive starters Calvin Johnson (knee) and Jason Fox (knee) also sat out practice.

Johnson missed Sunday’s game in Green Bay because of a knee injury he suffered the week prior vs. Chicago. His prognosis for Sunday is still in question.

Fox left Sunday’s game with a knee injury.

Safety Louis Delmas (knee) and cornerback Chris Houston (hamstring) missed practice from the defensive side of the ball.

Delmas has been battling a knee injury all year, but has yet to miss a game, and it’s been customary for him to practice just once a week on Thursday’s now.

Houston’s been battling a hamstring injury, but played in Green Bay.

Nate Burleson was back on the field and took part in the individual portion of practice in a limited fashion. He didn’t have a helmet, but he went through drills catching a tennis ball with his right hand. He's listed as "out" for Sunday's game on the injury report.