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Almost all top Lions healthy for Chiefs game

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

Chandler’s Cross, England — The Lions have become increasingly healthier the past couple games, and they should have nearly all of their top players available for Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs (9:30 a.m., Fox) at Wembley Stadium.

Linebacker DeAndre Levy (hip) was the only player absent during the open portion of practice Friday, and there’s a good chance he’ll be the only player inactive Sunday due to injury.

Cornerback Rashean Mathis (illness) was on the field during the media’s session after he was gone during that portion Thursday, though he was officially limited in the practice. It looks like he’s on track to play.

Right tackle LaAdrian Waddle (knee) practiced for the second-straight day, and tight end Brandon Pettigrew (elbow) practiced all three days, including a full participation Thursday. If any players besides Levy miss the game due to injury, it’d likely be one of them.

Cornerback Josh Wilson (concussion) missed last week’s game, but he hasn’t been listed on the injury report this week, meaning he’s healthy enough to retake his spot as the top slot cornerback.

The Lions will release an injury report later Friday listing the likelihood of any injured players will be available for Sunday’s game, but there will likely be a lot of guys listed as probable.

During Friday’s session, fullback Michael Burton worked with the offensive line during the portion open to the media. The linemen all stood in a semi-circle listening to new line coach Ron Prince, which was different than the typical positional drills earlier this season under Jeremiah Washburn.