Injury Update: Lions on the Mend

Running back Kevin Jones, wide receiver Roy Williams, and Pro Bowl cornerback Dre Bly among several Lions shaking off injury bug. Plus, notes on Earl Holmes (achilles), Cory Schlesinger and Boss Bailey.

(ALLEN PARK) -- The good news continues to come in droves for the Detroit Lions and head coach Steve Mariucci.

The Lions welcomed the return of rookie tailback Kevin Jones (high ankle sprain), and got a full practice from Pro Bowl cornerback Dre' Bly (knee). And after a scare, positive news regarding rookie wide receiver Roy Williams continued to emerge despite being held out of practice.

Mariucci was optimistic about the team slowly shedding those listed on the infirmary report.

"(Kevin Jones) is out here in pads. He was very limited," Mariucci said. "He stretched well. We did individual drills. He did some of those routes and some of those things, not full speed, but much better than last week. At least he's out here."

Jones, who will officially be listed as questionable for Sunday's game, along with Williams, might be able to rejoin another Lion missing from the lineup -- Dre Bly.

"Dré Bly practiced today," continued Mariucci. "He was in pads. He practiced pretty much the whole practice, so that was encouraging. I hope he's not real sore tomorrow."

Bly hasn't played since leaving the season opener at Chicago early in the first half with a sprained knee. Despite his absence, the Lions' defense has remained surprisingly strong. His return will only help, especially with Green Bay and quarterback Brett Favre on tap.

The Lions are still being cautious with Williams, taking it one day at a time. Williams spent most of Wednesday in rehab.

"I'm hoping (he will play)," said Mariucci. "We're not just resting him, we're rehabbing him three, four or five times a day just trying to get him so he can move around tomorrow straight ahead and then the next day some more."

Meanwhile, linebacker Earl Holmes also left practice on Wednesday with a tight achilles, but he's expected to return for tomorrow's 11:45 A.M. practice. Fullback Cory Schlesinger missed practice and will also miss Sunday's contest with a sore hamstring, but his absence isn't expected to be extensive.

STILL ON THE MEND: Outside linebacker Boss Bailey continues his rehabilitation. A realistic return date is likely November 7th, when the team hosts the Washington Redskins. If Bailey's recovery stays on pace, there is an outside chance he could play at Dallas on Halloween.

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