Lions healthy as flu bug appears to have run its course

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

Allen Park — Several Lions players couldn't avoid a sickness floating around the locker room the past two weeks, but it appears the team is finally safe from the bug.

Left guard Rob Sims, who missed practice with an illness Thursday, returned Friday and is listed as probable to play against the Bears Sunday.

Defensive tackle C.J. Mosley also practiced Friday after missing practice Thursday and leaving early Wednesday for the birth of his daughter. He's also listed as probable.

The only player absent Friday was defensive tackle Nick Fairley, who will miss his seventh consecutive game.

Cornerback Mohammed Seisay (hamstring) is questionable after being limited in practice all week.

In addition to Sims and Mosley, wide receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle), safety Don Carey (ankle), linebacker Ashlee Palmer (quad) and defensive end George Johnson (illness) are probable.

It looks like Sims will be the last of the players affected by the flu bug, and none of them have missed any playing time as a result. Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, strong safety James Ihedigbo and linebacker Josh Bynes all missed practice time last week, but played against the Vikings. Quarterback Matthew Stafford also said felt sluggish last week, but was fine for the game. This week, George Johnson missed practice Wednesday and Sims missed it Thursday.

"It just seems to pop up maybe one guy here or there, but hopefully it's run its course," coach Jim Caldwell said.

The Bears, meanwhile, are dealing with several injuries. Safety Chris Conte (back) and kicker Robbie Gould (quad) are out. Jay Feely will kick in Gould's place.

Cornerback Tim Jennings (ankle), right guard Kyle Long (hip) and defensive tackles Jeremiah Ratliff (knee) and Will Sutton are all questionable (illness).