PRACTICE REPORT: Lions without a couple key starters at practice

Posted Nov 26, 2013

The Lions were without receiver Calvin Johnson and cornerback Chris Houston at practice Tuesday

Calvin JohnsonWR Calvin Johnson (Photo: G.Smith/Detroit Lions)

The Lions are on a short turnaround this week with the Green Bay Packers coming to town for the annual Thanksgiving Day Game on Thursday.

That means the team has only three days to rest and recover from Sunday’s loss to Tampa Bay before strapping it back up and hitting the field in a crucial NFC North matchup.

The Lions are doing what they can to get all their pieces ready for Sunday, and that meant rest for receiver Calvin Johnson (knee) and cornerback Chris Houston (foot) today.

Johnson has been managing a knee injury all season and rest has been his best ally. He stretched with the team today but did not practice. The only game he's missed this year was the first meeting with Green Bay in Week 5.

Houston left Sunday’s game with a foot injury and did not return.

"It’s a short week, we’ll just have to wait and see," head coach Jim Schwartz said of Houston on Monday.

Rookie Darius Slay would likely get the start if Houston couldn’t go.

Linebacker Travis Lewis did not practice today but his absence wasn’t injury related. He was listed as non-injury/personal matter on Wednesday’s injury report.

Safeties Glover Quin (ankle) and Louis Delmas (knee) were limited at pracitce, while defensive end Israel Idonije was a full participant at practice after sitting out Monday’s walkthrough.