Lions near full strength for Sunday vs. Chiefs

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

Chandler's Cross, England — The Lions have become increasingly healthier the past couple games, and they should have nearly all of their top players available for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs (9:30 a.m., Fox) at Wembley Stadium.

Right tackle LaAdrian Waddle (knee) is the only player whose status is unclear as he's questionable for the game after being limited Thursday and Friday and out Wednesday. If Waddle can't play, Cornelius Lucas would start instead.

Linebacker DeAndre Levy (hip) was the only player who didn't practice Friday, and he's the only player who has already been ruled out for the game.
Tight end Brandon Pettigrew (elbow) practiced all three days, including full participation the past two days, and he's probable after missing the past two games.

Cornerback Rashean Mathis (illness) was limited Thursday and Friday, but is probable.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford (quad), wide receiver Calvin Johnson (not injury related), linebacker Stephen Tulloch (illness), punter Sam Martin (left knee) and running back Joique Bell (ankle) are all probable, too.

During Friday's practice, fullback Michael Burton worked with the offensive line during the portion open to the media. The linemen all stood in a semi-circle listening to new line coach Ron Prince, which was different than the typical positional drills earlier this season under Jeremiah Washburn.