ALLEN PARK — Calvin Johnson returned to practice today (Thursday) after sitting out on Wednesday.
The Detroit Lions wide receiver, who was named to the Pro Bowl on Wednesday night, was listed on the injury report with knee/ankle. He’s been dealing with a lingering knee injury most of the season. Johnson set the NFL single season receiving yards record on Saturday night. He needs 108 yards on Sunday to reach 2,000 receiving yards for the season.
Still missing from practice were tight end Brandon Pettigrew who hasn’t played or practiced since spraining his ankle on Dec. 9 at Green Bay; Louis Delmas who misses most practices due to a knee injury and defensive tackle Sammie Hill (toe) who started the last two games.
The Lions (4-11) are preparing to play the Chicago Bears who need a win combined with a tie or loss by the Minnesota Vikings to make it to the playoffs. The Bears (9-6) started the season 7-1, but have lost five of the last seven.
(Paula Pasche covers the Lions. Follow her on Twitter @PaulaPasche.)