PRACTICE REPORT: Lions without three-quarters of starting secondary

Posted Oct 2, 2013

The Lions were without three-quarters of their starting secondary at practice Wednesday, as cornerback Chris Houston and safeties Glover Quin and Louis Delmas sat out

The Detroit Lions were back on the practice field today getting ready for Sunday's game in Green Bay, but were without three-quarters of their starting secondary.

Cornerback Chris Houston (hamstring) and safeties Louis Delmas (knee) and Glover Quin (ankle) did not practice.

"It's life in the NFL," head coach Jim Schwartz said after practice. "It's Wednesday in the NFL. There's probably 31 other coaches saying the same thing, 'yeah we got a couple guys missing from practice and we'll plug some other guys in.' Honestly, we just work through it."

Houston suffered the hamstring injury in the second half vs. Chicago last week and did not return.

Both Delmas and Quin finished the game.

Receiver Calvin Johnson (knee) was the only other player to miss practice.

Cornerback Rashean Mathis was a full participant in practice. He was held out of the rest of last week's win over Chicago after sustaining a head injury in the first half.

Lions doctors and trainers never diagnosed Mathis with a concussion, but Schwartz said Monday that Mathis was held out as a precaution.

Nonetheless, he was back on the practice field today and that's good news considering quarterback Aaron Rodgers and a talented trio of Packers receivers are up next and Houston is dealing with that hamstring injury.

Receiver Patrick Edwards (ankle) and tackle Jason Fox (groin), who both missed last week's game due to their injuries, were full participants in practice and both should be available Sunday.

The only other players listed on the injury report were defensive end Ziggy Ansah (abdomen) and guard Rob Sims (shoulder), who were both limited.