Lions' Calvin Johnson sits out second day of practice

By Josh KatzensteinThe Detroit News

Allen Park — Calvin Johnson missed his second straight day of practice, but it looks like two other starters could make their return in Sunday's game against the New York Jets.

Johnson suffered an ankle injury in last week's win over the Green Bay Packers, but said after the game he wasn't worried about missing time. Still, after missing two practices this week, he's clearly not at 100 percent.

"Any time that someone doesn't practice, in particular when it's not just a day of rest which we would indicate on the medical report, there's always some concern," Lions coach Jim Caldwell said.

Meanwhile, right tackle LaAdrian Waddle practiced for the second straight day and worked with the starting offensive line, but was limited again.

Strong safety James Ihedigbo practiced fully again Thursday after being a full participant Wednesday, which is a good sign that he's starting to overcome the nerve injury in his neck.

"I've pretty much done everything that's been asked of me, a great sign to be back and as close to 100 percent as possible," Ihedigbo said Thursday. "(I) look forward to rocking."

It sounds like Ihedigbo will make his debut in Sunday's game, but he said "nothing's really definite" at this point.

"One thing we don't want is any setbacks," he said. "That doesn't benefit anybody. I'm just controlling it, and hopefully I get to a point where I feel great on Sunday and am ready to play some football."

Isa Abdul-Quddus has played well in Ihedigbo's spot, but the Lions could use a hard-hitting run stopper in Sunday's game against the Jets, the NFL's top rushing attack through three games. Ihedigbo spent three seasons with the Jets, so he'll have little extra motivation if he does play.

"He obviously would help us a tremendous amount," Caldwell said of Ihedigbo.

Tight end Joseph Fauria missed practice after suffering an ankle injury at home Wednesday night, and he had an MRI scheduled Thursday.

Cornerback Cassius Vaughn (ankle), linebacker Travis Lewis (quad) and defensive back Don Carey (hamstring) were out, too.

Defensive tackle Nick Fairley (biceps) and running back Montell Owens (hamstring) were limited. Running back Joique Bell (knee) and defensive ends Ezekiel Ansah (knee) and George Johnson (groin) were full participants.