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Allen Park – What a difference a day makes.

After eight players, including six starters, sat out Wednesday’s practice, only four Detroit Lions weren’t on the field for the potion of Thursday’s session open to the media.

Still, Detroit remained without its two best defensive players, defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (ankle) and linebacker DeAndre Levy (quad).  Rookie Antwione Williams (hamstring), Levy’s backup, also remained sidelined. Defensive end Devin Taylor (ankle) was a new addition.

Levy has been out since playing all 70 defensive snaps in Week 1 while Ansah hurt his ankle three plays into the team’s loss against Tennessee last weekend. Williams left that contest in the second quarter, but was doing some light jogging during Thursday’s practice.

Returning to the field after Wednesday’s absence were linebacker Kyle Van Noy (calf), tight end Eric Ebron (back), offensive tackle Riley Reiff (ankle), defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker (calf) and defensive end Wallace Gilberry (abdomen). All five were limited, as was rookie cornerback Adairius Barnes (ankle).

Van Noy’s return carries added significance because of the team’s depth issues at linebacker. The Lions had only two active roster players from that unit practicing on Wednesday.

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