PRACTICE REPORT: Lions still without five starters at practice today

Posted Dec 26, 2013

Lions head coach Jim Schwartz says a decision on receiver Calvin Johnson might not be made until Sunday

The Detroit Lions were back on the practice field Thursday getting ready for Sunday’s game in Minnesota and were still without some key starters.

Calvin JohnsonWR Calvin Johnson (Photo: Gavin Smith)

Receiver Calvin Johnson (knee/ankle), tackle LaAdrian Waddle (ankle), cornerback Bill Bentley (concussion), linebacker DeAndre Levy (foot) and cornerback Chris Houston (toe) all sat out the portion of practice open to the media.

Safety Johnson Wendling (ankle) and reserve guard/center Dylan Gandy (undisclosed) also sat out.

The team did get running back Joique Bell (knee) and safety Louis Delmas (knee) back on the practice field after the pair sat out Wednesday's afternoon practice.

Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said after that practice a decision to play or sit Johnson against the Vikings might not come until Sunday.

"Again, we'll see where he is," Schwartz said. "If it's a matter of pushing through soreness or things like that, that's a little different situation than something that could get aggravated or get worse.

"He didn't play very much last week but when he went into the game he affected the game. He affected coverage and he was still useful in the plan.

"He needs to be able to affect the game and he needs to be healthy enough to do it and we won't really know until Sunday if we're at that point with him."