The Detroit Lions returned to practice on Wednesday, and they were actually a little more healthy than expected.
Most notably, Quandre Diggs, who reportedly broke his hand during Week 4’s game against the Dallas Cowboys, was at practice and appeared to go through all of the individual drills. He did have a cast on his left hand, all but confirming Ian Rapoport’s report that he broke his hand. At this point, the Lions are at least testing out whether Diggs will be able to play with that cast on his hand.
Elsewhere along the secondary, Tavon Wilson was present during individual drills. Wilson suffered a back injury against the Cowboys and only played four snaps. His attendance at practice is a good sign he may be ready in time for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers this Sunday.
Additionally, Wednesday saw the return Ezekiel Ansah. The Lions’ Pro Bowl defensive end has missed three straight games because of a shoulder injury. Puzzlingly, Ansah had been practicing every day, looking like he was on his way to recovery, but he regressed and missed every practice last week. His return on Wednesday is certainly a step in the right direction, but he still has a long way to go to prove he’ll be ready on game day.
That being said, there were some curious absences. Running back LeGarrette Blount was not present, nor was linebacker Eli Harold. Neither appeared to leave Sunday’s game with an injury. For Harold, though, there could be a different possibility. His wife was eight months pregnant when the Lions traded for him last month... so... math would mean his wife is now nine months pregnant...
As expected, T.J. Lang was also not at practice. He suffered a concussion on Sunday, and even if he was on track to play this week—which seems highly unlikely—Wednesday would be a pretty early return to the practice field.
Full injury reports will be released later on Wednesday.