LIONS INSIDER

PRACTICE REPORT: Houston back at practice; four starters sit out

Posted Dec 18, 2013

The Lions were without four key starters as they began on-field preparations for Sunday's game against the New York Giants

Jonte GreenJonte Green started in place of Chris Houston Monday night. (Photo: G. Smith/Detroit Lions)

The Lions were back on the practice field today getting ready for Sunday's matchup with the New York Giants and did so with cornerback Chris Houston.

Houston was on the field and practiced in limited fashion after missing Monday night's game with a toe injury. Houston has missed two of his last three games (also missed Green Bay) due to toe and foot injuries.

Second-year cornerback Jonte Green started in place of Houston Monday night and held his own.

The Lions were without tight end Brandon Pettigrew, however. The fifth-year tight end injured his ankle in the fourth quarter against Baltimore and did not return to the game. Head coach Jim Schwartz said Pettigrew underwent tests on Tuesday. The results of those tests are unknown.

Also sitting out practice were: receiver Calvin Johnson (knee) and cornerback Darius Slay (knee), safeties Louis Delmas (knee) and John Wendling (ankle), punter Sam Martin (right groin) and linebacker DeAndre Levy (foot).

Slay, who underwent arthroscopic knee surgery a couple weeks ago, was running off to the side of practice with trainers.

Martin still punted on Monday night, but did not kickoff. David Akers handled those duties and could again if Martin's groin doesn't allow him to kickoff.