Lions Travis Swanson, Darius Slay return to practice

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News
C Travis Swanson - Before his season ended prematurely with a concussion, Swanson was arguably the Lions’ most consistent lineman, showing significant improvement as a run blocker and pass protector. GRADE: B+

Allen Park – The Detroit Lions got some good news on Wednesday as cornerback Darius Slay and center Travis Swanson returned to practice.

The Lions badly missed Slay Monday night against the Cowboys as receiver Dez Bryant caught touchdown passes over cornerbacks Johnson Bademosi and Nevin Lawson, while also drawing a pass interference deep in Lions territory that set up a third score.

Swanson, who has missed three straight with a concussion, would also be a welcome boost to an offense line that surrendered nine hits on quarterback Matthew Stafford against Dallas.

The team remained without Theo Riddick. He’s missed three in a row with a wrist injury. Also sidelined was wide receiver and return man Andre Roberts. He suffered a shoulder injury against the Cowboys, but was able to finish the game.

Butler’s back

As the Lions look to snap a 23-year division title drought Sunday, they’ve re-signed the cornerback who helped end the team’s lengthy road losing streak to the Green Bay Packers.

The Lions added cornerback Crezdon Butler back to the roster on Wednesday. He broke up a two-point conversion attempt in the closing seconds to preserve an 18-16 victory at Lambeau Field last season.

Butler provides depth in a secondary that got picked apart in Dallas on Monday night with star cornerback Darius Slay sidelined by a hamstring injury.

The epitome of a journeyman, Butler has appeared in games for eight different teams the past six seasons. This is his third stint with the Lions after being released following training camp earlier this year.

The roster spot to sign Butler was created when the Lions put defensive tackle Stefan Charles on injured reserve. A free-agent addition during the offseason, he appeared in 12 games, recording 12 tackles. But he suffered a leg injury in the fourth quarter against the Cowboys.

Gear upgrade

Rookie safety Miles Killebrew left Monday’s game after an unintentional poke forced his eye to swell shut. He has since added a visor to his helmet.

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