ALLEN PARK — Calvin Johnson returned to practice today (Friday) after sitting out two days with his lingering knee injury.
Safety John Wendling, who had his left foot in a boot on Wednesday, was also back.
That’s where the good news for the Lions ends as they prepare to play the Giants on Sunday at Ford Field in a must-win game.
Tight end Brandon Pettigrew (foot) and linebacker DeAndre Levy did not practice for the third straight day. Their absences on Sunday would be crucial.
Also cornerback Rashean Mathis was out for the second straight day with an illness. That’s not a good sign either.
Rookie cornerback Darius Slay, who had knee surgery, missed practice again but was on the field doing stretches like he has all week.
Safety Louis Delmas (knee) was out but it’s rare for him to practice on Fridays. Usually he only participates on Thursdays.