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18 Lions Players Miss Practice; Detroit Releases Paul Pratt

In addition to releasing defensive back Dante Wesley, the Lions have parted ways with Paul Pratt, who was just signed off the practice squad before Sunday's game against the Giants.

It was originally thought that Wesley's spot on the roster went to Jack Williams, who is coming off the PUP list. As it turns out, though, he apparently has not actually been activated by the team, although he did practice today.

Cornerback Jack Williams came off the Physically Unable to Perform list this week and can practice with the team for three weeks before the team has to make a decision on whether to activate him, waive him or put him on injured reserve. Williams practiced with the Lions today but a decision on his future hasn't been made yet.

18 players were sidelined during practice today. The lengthy list is as follows: QB Shaun Hill, RB Jahvid Best, RB Kevin Smith, WR Calvin Johnson, WR Nate Burleson, WR Bryant Johnson, TE Brandon Pettigrew, TE Will Heller, OT Jeff Backus, OG Stephen Peterman, DE Kyle Vanden Bosch, DT Corey Williams, DT Andre Fluellen, LB DeAndre Levy, LB Zack Follett, CB Alphonso Smith, CB Nathan Vasher and S Louis Delmas.

Only about half of the starters starters on each side of the ball were actually able to practice today, but the good news is that Matthew Stafford was one of them.

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