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Detroit — The Lions will relish having an extra day before their Week 4 game as they hope a couple of key starters can recover from injuries suffered in Sunday night’s 24-12 loss to the Denver Broncos.

Defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (groin) and right guard Larry Warford (right ankle) left the game and did not return. Immediately after the game coach Jim Caldwell did not have an update on either player.

“I don’t know the extent of it, but we’ll look at it and evaluate them,” he said.

In addition to players who suffered injuries in the game, one was not 100 percent when the game began. Caldwell confirmed an in-game report by NBC that kicker Matt Prater was dealing with an illness.

“The fact of the matter is he was healthy enough to play,” Caldwell said.

The illness seemed to be affecting Prater before the game as he came up short on two warm-up field goals from 58 yards. His only kick during the game was an extra point that the Broncos blocked, but that was a result of a missed assignment more than the kick.

Ansah, who had three tackles and two quarterback hits, also dealt with a back injury last week, which held him out of one practice.

Warford had a high ankle sprain that held him out of Week 1. Although the team didn’t rule him out for Sunday’s game, he stayed on the sideline while Manny Ramirez moved to right guard and rookie Laken Tomlinson played left guard.

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