Lions Stafford and Ansah practice; Abdullah, Lang don’t
Allen Park — Quarterback Matthew Stafford was a full participant during Wednesday’s practice, but the Lions were down three starters and two additional key contributors.
Running back Ameer Abdullah (neck), guard T.J. Lang (foot), center Travis Swanson (knee), return man Jamal Agnew (knee) and recently acquired defensive end Dwight Freeney (no injury) sat out the session.
Swanson and Agnew did some work with a trainer on the side, suggesting they’re not far from returning to action.
Stafford’s full participation was somewhat surprising after suffering an ankle injury on Thanksgiving. He got rolled up on while throwing a touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter and walked with a heavy limp after the game.
In addition to the positive news from Stafford, defensive end Ziggy Ansah was a full practice participant for the first time this season. He had been limited by a knee injury the first half of the year and missed two games with a back injury after the team’s bye.