Slay returns to practice for Lions; Reiff out again

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News

Allen Park -- The Detroit Lions got some good news on the injury front Wednesday with the return of cornerback Darius Slay to the practice field.

Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay returned to practice on Wednesday.

Slay suffered a hamstring injury in the second quarter of the team's Week 7 victory against Washington. He didn't practice last week and was scratched from the team's game against the Houston Texans. His return is a positive sign, but it doesn't assure he'll play this week in Minnesota.

Slay was among seven players limited. Defensive end Ziggy Ansah (ankle), offensive tackle Taylor Decker (ribs), wide receiver Marvin Jones (foot), defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (shoulder), running back Theo Riddick (ankle) and cornerback Adairius Barnes (hamstring) also missed a portion of the practice.

The only players who sat out Wednesday were linebacker DeAndre Levy (quad/knee) and offensive tackle Riley Reiff.

Levy has been sidelined since Week 1 and is not expected back until after the team's bye. Reiff was battling an illness last week, which kept him out of practice Thursday and Friday and also caused him to briefly exit the game against the Texans for two offensive series.

Additionally, tight end Brandon Pettigrew and linebacker Jonathan Bostic were spotted running on the sidelines with a trainer. Pettigrew is on the physically unable to perform list after tearing his ACL last December, while Bostic is on injured reserve following an August foot surgery. Both are eligible to return to practice and are expected to do so following next week's bye.