After having the day off on Tuesday, the Detroit Lions returned to Allen Park for Wednesday practice to begin preparation for their upcoming match-up against the New York Jets this Sunday.
Before practice, wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who injured his right ankle in the team’s 19-7 win over the Green Bay Packers, insisted that he would play this Sunday against the New York Jets, despite an ankle injury.
“No I’m not concerned about it (ankle injury).” Johnson said on Wednesday before practice. “When those things happen, you get in here and work until things get right.”
However, it appears that he’s may be a little more hurt than we thought, because for the first time this season, Johnson missed practice on Wednesday. Now, none of this is to say that Johnson will not play this Sunday. To be honest, I think the Lions are just being cautious, because the Lions could very well give him limited action in practice for the rest of the week and then play him on Sunday.
As Johnson mentioned on Wednesday, he doesn’t take missing practice lightly, for the main reason that it can have an effect on game day.
“The timing, that’s the biggest thing,” Johnson said of practicing often and consistently. “Getting out here and doing things full speed so that (Matthew Stafford) can get a feel for it, and you can get a good feel for it as well and just build your confidence.”
Nevertheless, Johnson’s health is always an area of importance and we will definitely watch his progression through the rest of the week, just like the Lions will be.
Johnson, who participate in practice on Wednesday, also did attend the practice session and he was joined by cornerback Cassius Vaughn (ankle). Safety Don Carey (hamstring) and linebacker Travis Lewis (quadricep) also did not practice on Wednesday, but they did attend the practice session.
Although, some will say that bad news travels at the speed of light, while good news travels like molasses. I think many Lions fans will be happy to hear that things appear to be looking up for safety James Ihedigbo, who participated in a full practice on Wednesday for the first time since the start of the regular season.
“I’m feeling good.” Ihedigbo said on Wednesday before practice. “The injury report will say it all, but I’m feeling more and more like myself and we’ll see how this week goes.”
Like Ihedigbo said, the injury report will say it all, when it’s all said and done. However, it’s still a good sign that he was finally able to elevate from being a limited participant in practice to a full practice participant. It’s also a good sign that he could see action this Sunday against New York.
The same thing goes for right tackle LaAdrian Waddle who the Lions also got back on Wednesday, at least in a limited capacity, after he missed the past two weeks with a strained calf. Remember, Waddle said on Monday that he hopes to play against New York, but that his availability would depend on this week of practice.
In addition to Waddle’s return to the field, defensive end George Johnson, who was limited last week with a groin injury, and played against Green Bay, was elevated to a full participant in practice on Wednesday.
The Lions other limited practice participants besides Waddle included defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (knee), defensive tackle Nick Fairley (biceps) , running back Joique Bell (knee), and fullback Montell Owens (hamstring), who were also unable to fully participate in practice on Wednesday
Keep in mind that Ansah, Fairley, and Bell all played and finished Sunday’s game while dealing with the same injuries last week. So while it is still area to watch, I would like to think this is just another precaution on the part of head coach Jim Caldwell, to make sure that they don’t push them to much, while their banged up.
Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Editor of Radio One Detroit
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