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Lions Much Healthier Thanks To Bye Week

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When the injury report comes out this week, I still expect to see quite a few names of Lions players on it. The good news is that, based on who participated in practice on Tuesday, it seems most players will be probable for Sunday's game against the Redskins.

During the bye week, nearly 20 players missed practice in order to rest and recover from injuries. When the team returned to practice on Tuesday, however, that number was down to two for players who were completely out, as only Shaun Hill and Zack Follett were fully sidelined. Hill, of course, broke his left forearm against the Giants, and Follett is waiting to meet with a specialist later this week before even thinking about doing anything, as it's possible his injury could be a long-term thing.

Although only two players were completely out of practice, some were limited. Defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch didn't participate in the individual drills because he had his left leg wrapped, and fellow defensive end Turk McBride was "still hobbling" because of an ankle injury. Bryant Johnson apparently is dealing with a foot injury, and Jahvid Best only worked out on the sideline with conditioning coaches as he continues to recover from a toe injury. Best is expected to be good to go on Sunday, but the Lions want to make sure he doesn't reaggravate the toe injury by again coming back at full speed too soon.

Perhaps the best news from Tuesday is that DeAndre Levy finally returned to practice. He has basically been out for all but one week of the season, and although he was still limited a bit, at least he was out there practicing. Hopefully this is a sign that Levy is ready to return on Sunday, because the Lions will already be down one linebacker and need to get their starter in the middle back.