Allen Park — As expected based on the attendance in practice this week, the Lions will be a much healthier team for Sunday’s game against the Vikings (1 p.m., FOX) than they were in last week’s win over the Bears.
Running back Joique Bell (ankle), tight end Eric Ebron (knee) and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (calf) are all probable to play Sunday after missing multiple games in recent weeks. Strong safety James Ihedigbo (quad) is also probable after missing last week’s game against Chicago.
Cornerback Josh Wilson (concussion) returned to practice Friday after missing the previous two days, but he’s listed as questionable after being limited.
Although he declined again to provide details on Wilson’s brain injury, coach Jim Caldwell said the Lions are still following the league’s return-to-play protocol for the harmful ailment. Asked for details about when he suffered the injury, Wilson repeatedly said, “Ask Coach.”
With Wilson back, the Lions were nearly at full strength on the practice field Friday. Tight end Brandon Pettigrew (knee/elbow) and linebacker DeAndre Levy (hip) were out, and both players have been ruled out Sunday.
Wilson is the only player who’s status is theoretically in doubt due to injury, but the Lions have a long list of players who are probable after being limited at some point this week.
In addition to the players that have missed recent games, wide receivers Calvin Johnson (ankle) and Golden Tate (ankle), linebackers Josh Bynes (hip) and Tahir Whitehead (shoulder), punter Sam Martin (left knee), defensive end Jason Jones (neck) and running back Theo Riddick (groin) are all probable.
For the Vikings, defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (knee/ankle) and defensive end Justin Trattou (foot) are out. All other injured players are probable.