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Allen Park — Detroit Lions safety Quandre Diggs reportedly suffered a fractured bone in his hand during last week's loss to the Dallas Cowboys, but it wasn't enough to keep him off the practice field Wednesday. 

Diggs left hand was in a cast, which prevented him from such basic tasks as tying his own shoes, but didn't stop him from running through defensive back drills during the portion of practice open to the media. 

During a Tuesday conference call with reporters, coach Matt Patricia didn't dismiss the possibility of Diggs playing through the injury. 

"Everybody is really different with different injuries that everybody has," Patricia said. "There’s probably cases of players throughout the history of the league playing with different broken body parts.

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"I’m pretty sure I remember a linebacker from Pittsburgh, back in the 70s, who broke his leg by the name of Jack Youngblood and I think he played with that at one point, too. I really have no idea as far as that’s concerned with all those different players."

In addition to Diggs, defensive end Ziggy Ansah also returned to practice. He sat out all last week and has missed three straight games with a shoulder injury. 

Not practicing for the Lions were guard T.J. Lang (concussion), running back LeGarrette Blount, tight end Michael Roberts (knee) and linebacker Eli Harold. 

jdrogers@detroitnews.com

Twitter: @Justin_Rogers

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