Let's start off the Detroit Lions' first injury report of the week with some good news for a change: Kyle Van Noy returned to practice on Wednesday. The rookie linebacker isn't eligible to be activated from injured reserve until the Lions are on a bye in Week 9, meaning he won't be able to play until Week 10, but Van Noy already appears to be at or near 100 percent after having surgery in August. He was "back to almost full health" as of a few weeks ago, so Van Noy should be ready to roll when he's eligible to play in Week 10.
Sticking with the positive theme, running back Reggie Bush also returned to practice on Wednesday. He was out all last week because of an ankle injury, and he ended up missing Sunday's game. This week, however, it looks like he's on track to play against his former team, the New Orleans Saints.
The outlook is not quite as promising for wide receiver Calvin Johnson. He was once again sidelined by his ankle injury, and although he is hoping to play this week, he made it clear that he's not going to rush back.
Calvin Johnson: There's no point in going on the field if I can't do what I do and do it at a high level.— Josh Katzenstein (@jkatzenstein) October 15, 2014
My best guess at this point is that Johnson will miss Sunday's game. I tend to think he will be back for the Lions' game in London next week, but at that point, it might be best to just let him rest through the bye week.
In any case, here's the Lions' full injury report for Wednesday:
RB Reggie Bush (ankle) - Limited in practice
RB Theo Riddick (hamstring) - Did not practice
WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) - Did not practice
WR Jeremy Ross (ankle) - Did not practice
TE Eric Ebron (hamstring) - Limited in practice
TE Joseph Fauria (ankle) - Did not practice
DE Ziggy Ansah (toe) - Did not practice
LB Travis Lewis (quadricep) - Did not practice
(Note: Wide receiver TJ Jones, who is eligible to start practicing and come off the PUP list, did not practice on Wednesday, according to Dave Birkett.)