Allen Park — The Lions practiced without five starters Wednesday in chilly conditions as they prepare for Sunday's game against the Patriots in Foxborough, Mass.
The forecast for the Week 12 game is a high of 48 degrees with a chance of rain, and the Lions are preparing for the cold. With snow pushing practice inside, the Lions pumped cold air into the indoor field, and most players wore long sleeves under their jerseys.
Meanwhile, the Lions had a couple surprise absences on Wednesday as running back Joique Bell and defensive end Jason Jones didn't practice, though Jones' was not injury-related. Bell (ankle) left Sunday's loss briefly after a hard hit late in the third quarter and he fumbled on the play, but he did return.
Wide receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle) was also out, but he missed practice last Wednesday and played in the game. Johnson said his ankle is fine, and his elbow injury suffered against the Cardinals was just a cut.
"Elbow's fine, just a cut," he said. "I don't know what the stories were, but everybody got all excited about it. Everybody gets cuts."
Defensive tackle Nick Fairley (knee) and right guard Larry Warford (knee) were both out, and neither is likely to return until December.
Running back Reggie Bush (ankle) was limited and tight end Brandon Pettigrew (foot) practiced fully after both missed Sunday's game. Right tackle LaAdrian Waddle (knee) was limited, too, after missing the fourth quarter, but said before practice he didn't know how much he'd do.
"We'll assess at the end of the week how I'm feeling and how things went and make a decision off of that," Waddle said of his availability against the Patriots.
Waddle has already missed four games this season with a calf injury and a concussion and said he "got rolled up" against the Cardinals.
"It's just some unfortunate circumstances came up," he said. "I can't do too much about it except try to move on, try to get my body right and just try to go out there and ball out."
Rookie wide receiver TJ Jones also practiced for the first time this season after being on the physically unable to perform list. The Lions have a three-week window to decide whether or not to add Jones to the active roster or leave him on PUP for the entire season.