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Eight Lions starters absent at Halloween practice

ALLEN PARK — Eight Lions — all of them starters — did not practice today (Wednesday) in preparation to face the Jaguars in Jacksonville on Sunday.

  Missing were wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who has a lingering knee injury; safety Louis Delmas, who re-injured his knee Sunday; running back Mikel Leshoure whose injury is known; Corey Williams (knee); DeAndre Levy, who missed Sunday’s game with a hamstring; cornerback Bill Bentley (shoulder); defensive end Cliff Avril (back) and Amari Spievey.

 Coach Jim Schwartz said on Monday that Spievey, who sustained a concussion at Chicago, still has to clear some hurdles.

 Cornerback Drayton Florence, who broke his arm on Sept. 16, returned to practice for the first time. He was placed on injured reserve-designated to return and will be eligible to play on Nov. 18 against the Packers.

 Wide receiver Mike Thomas, who was acquired in a deal with Jacksonville on Tuesday, was reportedly taking his physical during practice.

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