Allen Park — The biggest question about the Lions practice on Wednesday was whether quarterback Matthew Stafford would suit up and play, after sustaining a rib injury in Sunday’s loss to the Vikings.
Stafford was a full participant, listed on the official injury report with a rib issue, but three other players — linebacker DeAndre Levy (hip), defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (back) and tight end Brandon Pettigrew (hamstring) — missed practice.
Levy has missed the first two games because of the hip issue and it’s unclear whether he’ll be back in time for Sunday’s prime-time game against Peyton Manning and the Broncos. Pettigrew also missed Sunday’s game and could be a critical piece in trying to neutralize Denver’s pass rush with linebackers DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller.
Ansah is the Lions’ best defensive end and if he’s unable to go, it will be another blow to a unit that went from second in the league last season to near the bottom after the first two games.
The Lions also listed safeties Glover Quin (lower leg), James Ihedigbo (knee) and Don Carey (foot) on the practice report and were limited. Cornelius Lucas (ankle), who started the first two games in place of LaAdrian Wadddle at right tackle, also was a partial participant.