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Lions injury update: T.J. Lang, Rick Wagner return to practice, Kenny Golladay still out

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The Lions offensive line looks like it could be at full health vs. Panthers

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There was some concern for the Detroit Lions on Wednesday when their two big free agent additions on the offensive line sat out of practice. T.J. Lang was sidelined with a fibula injury that popped up on the report last week. Meanwhile, Rick Wagner missed practice with two injuries: a shoulder and an ankle issue. Considering an impressive Carolina Panthers front seven is coming to town, that could be a big loss for Detroit.

However, the news was much better on Thursday.

Both Lang and Wagner returned during the portion of practice open to the media (typically individual drills). We won’t know how active they were in practice (full or limited participation) until Thursday’s official injury report is released.

In total, the Lions had just three players sidelined in Thursday’s practice: Paul Worrilow, Dwayne Washington and Kenny Golladay. It’s not much of a surprise for Worrilow or Washington, who are both expected to miss a couple of weeks. However, Golladay has been dealing with a hamstring issue ever since last week and is trending towards missing a second straight game.

The good news is that both Washington and Golladay were at practice and running on the sidelines, according to Justin Rogers of the Detroit News.

If Golladay cannot go, TJ Jones is likely to get an increase in playing time. In the past two weeks, Jones has been a valuable member to the Lions offense, pulling in a total of six catches for 96 yards.