PRACTICE REPORT: Lions without three offensive starters to begin practice this week

Posted Sep 18, 2013

The Lions are without RB Reggie Bush, WR Patrick Edwards and T Jason Fox as they begin on-field preparation for Washington Sunday

The Lions hit the practice field for the first time Wednesday since Sunday’s loss in Arizona and did so without a few key starters on offense.

Running back Reggie Bush (knee), receiver Patrick Edwards (ankle) and right tackle Jason Fox (groin) did not participate in the portion of practice open to the media.

Bush was injured in the second quarter Sunday when he took a helmet to the knee after a 26-yard completion. He returned briefly, but admitted after the game that he probably shouldn’t have came back because “he wasn’t himself”.

Edwards injured an ankle early in the Arizona game and couldn’t finish. The Lions do have another option at receiver with Ryan Broyles getting closer to return to game action coming off an ACL injury.

Fox was inactive last week after suffering a groin injury in the first quarter Week 1. Corey Hilliard started in his place and will continue to hold down that spot until Fox is ready to return.

The Lions were also without starting safety Louis Delmas, who's been dealing with a sore knee all through training camp. The team has been keeping Delmas out of practice on Friday's as a "maintenance day" but this is the first Wednesday practice he's missed so far this season.

Reserve safety Don Carey (hamstring) was also absent from practice for a second week.

There was some good news out at practice, though. Defensive tackle Nick Fairley, who was inactive in Arizona because of a shoulder injury, took part in portions.

The team will release its first injury report of the week today at 4 p.m. on