Lions’ Calvin Johnson sits out practice
Chandler's Cross, England — The Lions traveled overseas as an extremely healthy team, but one of their star players was a surprising absence in Wednesday’s practice at The Grove, a luxury resort about 30 miles northeast of Central London.
Wide receiver Calvin Johnson watched practice without a helmet during the 20-minute portion open to the media, but the team listed him as out for something “not injury related,” meaning he was likely resting for the day and should be available for Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs (9:30 a.m., FOX) at Wembley Stadium.
Right tackle LaAdrian Waddle (knee) was also out, though the original version of this report didn’t mention him. Linebacker DeAndre Levy was also out as he continues to recover from a recent hip surgery.
Cornerback Josh Wilson (concussion) practiced fully Wednesday after missing last Sunday’s game. He also practiced last Friday, though he was limited, so his full participation is a good sign that he should return Sunday.
Tight end Brandon Pettigrew (knee/elbow) also practiced, but he was limited and had a large brace on his left arm. He missed the last two games due to the injuries, including the knee injury he suffered in a Saturday walkthrough before Week 6. Because he missed Weeks 2-4 with a hamstring injury, Pettigrew has played in just two games this season.
Punter Sam Martin (left knee) and linebacker Stephen Tulloch (illness) were also limited.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford (quad) and running back Joique Bell (ankle) were full participants, but the team still listed them on Wednesday’s injury report.