Lions' Lawson misses practice with illness; Packers down top 3 receivers

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News
Davante Adams

Allen Park -- The Detroit Lions got running back LeGarrette Blount back for Thursday's practice, in a limited capacity, but were missing starting cornerback Nevin Lawson.

Blount had missed the previous day with an illness, and that was the same reason given for Lawson's absence. 

Also sitting out for the Lions were guard T.J. Lang (concussion), tight end Michael Roberts (knee) and linebacker Eli Harold (personal). 

In addition to Blount, Quandre Diggs (hand), Tracy Walker (ankle), safety Tavon Wilson (back) and Da'Shawn Hand (ankle) were limited. 

While that's not an ideal situation for Detroit, things are worse for Sunday's opponent, Green Bay. Packers coach Mike McCarthy announced the team's top three receivers -- Davante Adams, Geronimo Allison and Randall Cobb -- were all sitting out on Thursday.

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Adams, the team's leading receiver with 28 receptions, was limited on Wednesday. Cobb (hamstring) and Allison (concussion) are sitting out a second straight day. 

Lions cornerback Darius Slay, who would likely draw a hefty amount of work against Adams if he plays, had high praise for the receiver this week, comparing him to Hall of Fame basketball player Allen Iverson. 

"He’s a basketball guy off the line of scrimmage, good releases," Slay said. "I think him and Keenan Allen and him are the two best guys releasing off the line of scrimmage, in my eyes. I just know whoever on him better be ready for all of that.

"You ever seen A.I.?," Slay continued, imitating Iverson's shoulder shake. "(Adam's) very nice at the line of scrimmage. He will make you look crazy."