Going into their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Detroit Lions appear to be an extremely healthy team. I say that because nearly every player on their active roster practiced without any limitations on Thursday. Take a look:
RB Reggie Bush (ankle/back) - Fully practiced
WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) - Fully practiced
OT Riley Reiff (knee) - Fully practiced
OG Larry Warford (knee) - Fully practiced
DT Nick Fairley (knee) - Did not practice
Wide receiver Calvin Johnson was the only player who was limited on Wednesday, and he was able to fully practice on Thursday. With running back Reggie Bush and offensive linemen Riley Reiff and Larry Warford also fully practicing, it appears all of those players will play on Sunday.
The only player on the roster who didn't practice is defensive tackle Nick Fairley. That's no surprise, of course, as Fairley likely won't be back for at least several weeks.
Nick Fairley said he's down to 292 pounds, still hopeful he can return this season but wouldn't rule out surgery still.— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) December 3, 2014
Fairley said he still isn't running or riding a bike yet, said he doesn't know when he'll get to that point.— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) December 3, 2014
Obviously it would be nice for Fairley to be on the verge of returning as well, but I'm sure the Lions are quite happy with their health situation after dealing with so many injuries earlier in the year. It will be tough to stay quite this healthy as the regular season comes to a close, but their injury situation is quite encouraging for the time being.