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Allen Park – The Detroit Lions got a much-needed boost to the team’s depleted linebacking corps on Thursday with rookie Antwione Williams returning to practice. He’s been out since suffering a hamstring injury in the second quarter of the team’s Week 2 loss to Tennessee.

Williams, a fifth-round draft pick out of Southern Georgia, had started that contest in place of DeAndre Levy. The rookie could return to that starting role for Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears if medically cleared.

Williams wasn’t the only Lions player back on the practice field as tight end Eric Ebron (ankle) and defensive end Wallace Gilberry (abdomen) were both running through individual drills during the portion of the session open to the media.

Only Levy (quad) and defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (ankle) remain sidelined. Neither is expected to play against the Bears.