5 starters sit out practice; Best gives it a go
ALLEN PARK -- It’s difficult to judge the important absences at Lions practice today (Tuesday) because it’s a different week with the quick turn-around from Sunday to Thanksgiving.
Running back Jahvid Best, who usually doesn’t practice until Friday during a normal week, was on the field.
Defensive ends Kyle Vanden Bosch and Corey Williams (shoulder) did not participate in practice. While it appeared Cliff Avril was on the field in a limited basis. Avril has missed the last two games due to his quadriceps injury. Linebacker Isaiah Ekejiuba, who has missed the last three games with a knee injury, practiced.
Tight end Tony Scheffler, who injured his ribs on Sunday, sat out. As did quarterback Matthew Stafford who has missed the last two games with a shoulder injury.
Also, kicker Jason Hanson did not kick.
The Lions play the Patriots at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday at Ford Field.
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