Lions’ Ngata, Ihedigbo sit out; Bell, Ebron return
Allen Park — The Lions welcomed a few key players to practice Wednesday, but a couple starters remained on the sideline.
Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (calf) and strong safety James Ihedigbo (quad) sat out. Ngata missed last week’s game due to the injury, and Ihedigbo played through his despite it limiting him in practice.
Tight end Eric Ebron (knee) and running back Joique Bell (ankle) returned to practice. Ebron sat all last week, including the game, after suffering his injury in Week 4, but was limited on Wednesday.
Bell, meanwhile, missed the last two games with an injury that has lingered since the offseason, but he was a full participant, which is a good sign for his availability Sunday against the Chicago Bears (1 p.m., FOX). It’s unclear how much of a role he’ll have when he returns as rookie Zach Zenner has performed adequately as the between-the-tackles runner and a pass blocker.
Right guard Larry Warford (ankle) was also a full participant, so he could return Sunday after missing the last two games.
Linebacker Tahir Whitehead suffered an apparent left knee injury during the portion of practice open to the media, but was not listed on the injury report.
Fellow linebacker DeAndre Levy (hip) was watching practice, so he has yet to undergo surgery for his hip injury, which coach Jim Caldwell announced before practice would happen soon.
In addition to Ebron, defensive end Jason Jones (knee), offensive tackle LaAdrian Waddle (knee) and defensive end Darryl Tapp (ankle) were limited.