Lions return from bye week with only two players absent from practice

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Back from their bye week, the Lions practiced on Tuesday and were only without two players.

The week off appears to have served the Detroit Lions quite well. The Lions returned to action on Tuesday with an afternoon practice, and only two players were absent. The Lions won't release an official injury report until Wednesday, but CBS Lions reports that tight end Brandon Pettigrew and defensive tackle Corey Williams were the only players out on Tuesday. It's not clear why Pettigrew was out, but we know that Williams is recovering from knee surgery.

Louis Delmas missed the first four games of the season while recovering from knee surgery he had in August, and it appears he is finally ready to make his 2012 debut. Delmas practiced last week before the Lions broke for their bye week, and he was back on the field on Tuesday, indicating that he's on track to play against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

In other injury news, defensive end Cliff Avril said on Tuesday that he would have played last week had the Lions not been off, according to Mike O'Hara. Avril hurt his back against the Minnesota Vikings, but the injury doesn't appear to be serious if he would have been good to go last week. He should play this week against the Eagles.

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