Allen Park — With the Lions' spate of injuries in their secondary in recent weeks, they finally might be getting some good news.
Safety Don Carey, who missed the first two games because of a hamstring injury, could be returning soon. The timing couldn't be better with the pass-happy Packers coming to Ford Field on Sunday.
The Lions signed cornerback Danny Gorrer earlier in the week to help fill the spots left open by the losses of Bill Bentley and Nevin Lawson. But Carey, who has played some cornerback before, could jump in to help out at the position where the Lions have the least experience among their backups.
Carey participated fully in the portion of practice open to media Wednesday and said he's feeling healthy.
"Now that I'm playing, I feel great," Carey said Thursday. "Anything that I can do to help the team win, I'm willing to do."
Coach Jim Caldwell is looking forward to having Carey back too, as he also can fill a spot with a special-teams regular.
"If he's able to go for us, he will give us some help in both areas, both as an experienced safety and also in special teams," Caldwell said. "He's a guy who has a good sense of defensive football. He helps you just in terms of balancing experience overall and he's versatile; he can play a number of different spots."
Carey, who has spent the last four years with the Lions, has been frustrated sitting out, but his fresh legs could help the Lions' depth in the most-needed area. Whether he plays as the nickel cornerback or one of the safety spots doesn't matter, as long as he's able to contribute.
"I'm staying ready for everything I can stay ready for. You have to be ready, especially with the things going on here," Carey said. "You never know what the team will need you to do, so the more you can do the better."