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PRACTICE REPORT: Quin sits out practice; Bentley, Ansah back

Posted Nov 20, 2013

Detroit Lions begin the work week without a few key contributors

The Lions were back on the practice field without a couple key contributors today as they began preparations for Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay at Ford Field.

Joique BellRB Joique Bell (Photo: G.Smith/Detroit Lions)

The Lions were back on the practice field without a couple key contributors today as they began preparations for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay at Ford Field.

Receiver Calvin Johnson, safety Glover Quin, running back Joique Bell, safety Louis Delmas and cornerback Jonte Green did not participate in the portion of practice open to the media.

Quin injured his left ankle last week in Pittsburgh and did not finish the game. He watched practice today with his left foot in a walking boot.

He did say in the locker room after practice that he's been wearing the boot for weeks and still hasn't missed a game.

It's become Johnson's usual schedule to sit out practice early in the week. He's been battling a sore right knee for most of the season and coaches have managed it well through the course of the season. Johnson leads the NFL in receiving yards with 1,083, so why mess with a good thing?

Bell was injured late in the third quarter, after racking up 97 total yards, and did not return.

Head coach Jim Schwartz said Monday he could have returned if needed, so it appears to be a minor thing with Bell. He was listed on Wednesday's injury report with an Achilles injury.

The Lions did, however, get cornerback Bill Bentley back on the field. Bentley hasn't practiced or played since injuring a knee against Dallas. He was playing well in the slot before the injury, and the Lions are hoping he can return in good form. He was limited in practice.

Defensive end Ziggy Ansah also practiced in limited fashion. Ansah (ankle) returned to practice last Friday and tried to get on the field in Pittsburgh with a pre-game workout. He was held out, however, but he could be in line to return this week.

Tight end Brandon Pettigrew was also limited in practice after hurting his knee last week. He did finish the game, however.

Receiver Nate Burleson worked with the first-team in some skeleton drills for the first time since breaking his forearm Sept. 24. He was still listed as limited on the injury report.

Green was out with an illness.

A couple new names to the injury report are defensive tackle Andre Fluellen (thigh) and defensive end Israel Idoniji (knee), who were both limited.

Tackle Corey Hilliard was a full participant in practice for the first time since injuring his knee against Cincinnati.