Slay returns to field; four Lions starters sit out

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

Allen Park — Lions coach Jim Caldwell referred to the team’s injury report at least five times during his news conference Wednesday, and as he walked away, he said he wasn’t trying to “sound like Marshawn Lynch.”

Yet, when it comes to injuries to a handful of key players, Caldwell was effectively as tight-lipped as open as the Seahawks running back.

The Lions had four starters sit practice and another — cornerback Darius Slay — was limited, but a couple other players returned from long absences Wednesday.

Linebacker DeAndre Levy (hip), tight end Brandon Pettigrew (hamstring), wide receiver Golden Tate (quad) and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (shoulder) did not practice.

Caldwell declined to say when the team expects Levy, one of their top defensive players, to return to game action.

“You’ll have to just kind of glean what you can from the report,” he said.

Slay (ankle) was on the field, but limited during the 20-minute portion open to the media. Toward the end of the open period, he walked off the practice field with a trainer, but it was unclear whether it was related to his injury or an equipment issue.

Right guard Larry Warford (ankle) and defensive tackle Caraun Reid (ankle) both practiced for the first time since suffering high ankle sprains in the second exhibition on Aug. 20. Both were listed as limited on the injury report.

Right tackle LaAdrian Waddle (elbow/knee) practiced fully as he did last week. He said Wednesday that he didn’t deal with any pain or swelling last week, so there’s a chance he’ll be active after missing Sunday’s game.

Ngata was running alongside his fellow defensive linemen between drills, so there’s a chance his lack of participation was simply rest.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford (right upper arm) was a full participant.