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Injured Lions CB Chris Houston Does Not Practice Thursday

Unable to practice since Aug. 25, Detroit Lions cornerback Chris Houston continues to play the waiting game with the nagging ankle injury that has kept him out of action.

"I’m working with the trainers getting better day by day," Houston told The Oakland Press' Paula Pasche after missing Thursday's practice. "Of course I want to be out there with my teammates, but I’ve just got to go through this little process I’m going through right now."

The veteran defensive back was not wearing anything on his ankle for support, but still remains unlikely to suit up on Sunday after missing so much time. The sole Lions players on the team's official Week 1 injury report, Houston and safety Louis Delmas were the only two players to miss practice on Thursday after also sitting out Wednesday.

Houston's absence opens the door for either Drayton Florence or Jacob Lacey to start opposite rookie Bill Bentley at corner against the Rams. The 31-year-old Florence was added over the weekend to provide veteran depth in the midst of all these injuries, and seems to offer the Lions the best short-term option with Houston on the shelf.

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