The Detroit Lions returned to practice on Wednesday in preparation for Sunday’s Week 16 matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals. Only three players were missing from Wednesday’s session: T.J. Lang, Travis Swanson and Dwight Freeney.
Lang has been dealing with a foot injury and was unable to finish Saturday’s game against the Bears. This injury has caused Lang to miss the first practice of the past two weeks, so it’s still unclear if he’ll be available to play this week.
Swanson remains out after experiencing concussion symptoms following Week 14’s game against the Buccaneers. Swanson has yet to practice since the injury, and still has several obstacles to hurdle before being cleared of concussion protocol.
Dwight Freeney has been getting regular veteran days off to simply rest the body. At this point, there’s no reason to believe he’s suffering from an injury. We’ll know more about his situation when the injury report comes out later Wednesday afternoon.
But the good news here is that right tackle Rick Wagner returned to practice this week. This is the first time Wagner has practiced since being carted off with an ankle injury against the Ravens.
Additionally, Theo Riddick practiced on Wednesday despite suffering a wrist injury on Saturday. Riddick was not able to come back into the game, missing the majority of the second half. However, it appears he’s on track to play this week. That’s good news for the Lions, as Riddick has been (unofficially) anointed the starting running back ever since Ameer Abdullah suffered a neck injury in Week 12.