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Thursday injury report: Devon Kennard returns to practice, Darius Slay dealing with ankle issue

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The Lions got an important piece back on Thursday, but a key defender is dealing with a nagging injury.

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The Detroit Lions finally got some good injury news with week. Linebackers Trevor Bates and Devon Kennard—both of whom missed Week 13’s game against the Rams—returned to practice after sitting out Wednesday’s walkthrough.

Particularly big is the return of Kennard, who missed the second half of the Rams game after suffering a hip injury. Prior to the injury, Kennard had played in at least 95 percent of defensive snaps in 10 of the Lions’ 11 games, including seven games in which he didn’t come off the field once.

In more concerning news, Darius Slay popped up on the injury report yet again with an ankle injury. The Lions cornerback is having one of his toughest years of the season, allowing a passer rating of 133.3, according to MLive.com and part of the reason likely has to do with his health. He’s suffered a concussion, had a toe injury, and missed a game due to a knee injury. It’s unclear how severe this ankle injury is, but the Lions’ disappointing secondary can’t really afford losing Slay, even if they’re going up against a horrible Cardinals offense this week.

Here’s a look at Detroit’s latest injury report.

Lions Thursday injury report:

RB Kerryon Johnson (knee) - No practice
LB Trevor Bates (ankle) - Limited practice
LB Devon Kennard (hip) - Limited
DE Ezekiel Ansah (neck) - Limited
WR Bruce Ellington (back) - Limited
WR Kenny Golladay (quad) - Limited
FB Nick Bellore (ankle) - Limited
QB Matthew Stafford (back) - Limited
CB Darius Slay (ankle) - Limited
TE Michael Roberts (shoulder) - Full practice
WR Brandon Powell (calf) - Full