Injuries to Nick Fairley and Corey Williams left the Detroit Lions without two star defensive linemen at Thursday's practice.
Heading into a Week 14 primetime game with the Green Bay Packers, the Detroit Lions will be forced to monitor the health of a number of pivotal defensive players on their official injury report in the coming days.
The Lions were without both Nick Fairley and Corey Williams on the practice field on Thursday, just one day after Fairley was a limited participant due to a quad injury. While the two prominent defensive tackles were the only Lions players held out of action on Thursday, they joined six other limited participants on the updated injury report.
After each sitting out the previous day with knee and ankle injuries respectively, safety Louis Delmas and cornerback Chris Houston both returned to the practice field on Thursday. The two starting defensive backs are expected to play against the Packers this weekend, and were also joined by cornerback Jacob Lacey, who missed Wednesday with an Achilles injury, in the team's defensive backfield.
A pair of vital skill-position players remain out of action for the Packers heading into Week 14 as well, as both receiver Jordy Nelson and tailback James Starks did not suit up on Thursday. Nelson was unable to finish out Green Bay's Week 13 game due to a hamstring injury, while Starks is on the mend with a knee issue.
Here are the updated injury reports for both teams:
Lions Thursday Injury Report
DT Nick Fairley, Quad NP
DT Corey Williams, Knee NP
T Gosder Cherilus, Knees LP
S Louis Delmas, Knee LP
CB Chris Houston , Ankle LP
DE Lawrence Jackson , Concussion LP
CB Jacob Lacey , Foot / Achilles LP
T Jeff Backus , Hamstring LP
WR Kassim Osgood , Finger FP
LB Ashlee Palmer , Thumb FP
Packers Thursday Injury Report
WR T.J. Lang , Ankle NP
LB Clay Matthews , Hamstring NP
DE Mike Neal , Shoulder NP
WR Jordy Nelson , Hamstring NP
RB James Starks , Knee NP
DE C.J. Wilson , Knee NP
WR Donald Driver , Thumb LP
LB Terrell Manning , Shoulder LP
C Jeff Saturday , Foot LP
CB Charles Woodson , Collarbone LP
CB Sam Shields , Ankle FP