Detroit Lions players got a day off on Wednesday, and it seemed to benefit some of the guys dealing with injuries quite a bit. I say that because on Thursday, offensive tackle Jeff Backus, cornerback Jacob Lacey and safety Erik Coleman returned to practice. All three players were out on Tuesday, and Backus and Coleman had been out since last weekend.
Backus was a full participant, but his injured thumb didn't just suddenly magically heal. According to Dave Birkett, Backus was still wearing a cast during Thursday's practice, indicating that Backus is still injured, but the injury isn't severe enough to prevent him from practicing.
As for Lacey and Coleman, they didn't fully participate. They did take part in the position drills, but they were held out of team drills. When Coleman went out, Amari Spievey and John Wendling served as the safeties. Where's Louis Delmas? Well, he didn't practice on Thursday. It's becoming pretty clear that this is unlikely just a case of him getting rest. His knee could just be sore, but this seems like more than "preventative medicine."
In addition to Delmas, running back Mikel Leshoure was once again absent from practice after tweaking his hamstring last weekend. Linebacker Ronnie Sneed was out on Thursday as well, and running back Stephfon Green and offensive tackle Jonathan Scott apparently got hurt during the session. Green rode off the field on a cart back to the facility and was seen limping, according to Anwar Richardson, and Birkett reports that Scott was on crutches in the locker room and had a big brace on his right knee.