The Detroit Lions practiced without four key players to kickoff the week, including 329-pound defensive tackle Sammie Lee Hill.
Hoping to play the role of spoiler this Sunday against the Chicago Bears, the Detroit Lions listed a number of familiar faces on their initial injury report for Week 17.
One name that was not present previously, however, is that of defensive tackle Sammie Hill, who sat out on Wednesday with a toe injury. The 26-year-old tackle has played sporadically this season in defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham's extremely deep line-rotation, but has been given a chance to step up following season-ending injuries to both Corey Williams and Nick Fairley. Hill was one of four Lions players to miss practice altogether on Wednesday, joining Louis Delmas, Calvin Johnson and Brandon Pettigrew.
Though he went through a full week of practices in preparation for last Saturday's game with Atlanta, Detroit cornerback Chris Houston practiced in a limited capacity on Wednesday. Safety Don Carey was also listed on the team's injury report with a knee issue once again, but still was a full participant to open the week of practices.
Lions Wednesday Injury Report
Louis Delmas, S - Knee DNP
Calvin Johnson, WR - Knee/Ankle DNP
Sammie Hill, DT - Toe DNP
Brandon Pettigrew, TE - Ankle DNP
Chris Houston, CB - Hamstring LP
Don Carey, S - Knee FP
Bears Wednesday Injury Report
Armando Allen, RB - Knee DNP
Chris Conte, S - Hamstring DNP
Blake Costanzo, LB - Calf DNP
Matt Forte, RB - Ankle DNP
Charles Tillman, CB - Ribs/Elbow DNP
Brian Urlacher, LB - Knee DNP
Henry Melton, DT - Chest LP
Jonathan Scott, OT - Hamstring LP
Tim Jennings, CB - Shoulder FP