Stafford Makes Progress; CJ Out?

Lions rookie QB Matthew Stafford (getty images)

Lions rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford practiced on Wednesday, taking light repetitions with the team and again feeding the perpetual question of whether or not he would play on Sunday. More inside ...

Lions rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford practiced on Wednesday, taking light repetitions with the team that included both running and throwing, again feeding the perpetual question of whether or not he would play in Sunday divisional road tilt at Green Bay.

And again, Lions coach Jim Schwartz was noncommittal.

"No, the decision hasn't been made yet," said Schwartz, who did admit that Stafford's health had improved. "We've got a long way to go before Sunday. There's definitely ground that needs to be covered between now and then."

Lions trainers are keeping an eye on Stafford's right knee and whether or not it swells due to the increased activity.

So far, so good.

The same couldn't be said for receiver Calvin Johnson, who was hobbled by a knee injury of his own. Although there isn't any structural damage to Johnson's knee, it's sore enough to prevent the third-year receiver from practicing with the ball club.

Although Schwartz said Johnson was making progress, he is expected to miss Sunday contest, which led the Lions to bring back receiver John Standeford as insurance.

The five-year veteran spent a portion of 2008 with the ball club, but was cut during training camp.

"We know what John can do," said Schwartz. "He's in a position that he can go play right away. I wouldn't term him ‘emergency' or anything like that. He's a guy that can go make plays for us and I know he'll be ready if he has to."

But Schwartz did admit that Johnson's absence will undoubtedly affect the team's game plan against the Packers.

"To some extent sure, because it changes how defenses play," he said. "That's a huge dynamic in the game that defensive coordinators need to account for and things like that. It affects the way they play defense.

"Therefore, it'll affect the way we play offense."

The Lions did welcome the healthy returns of starting right tackle Gosder Cherilus and rookie TE Brandon Pettigrew

Player Notebook: Detroit also signed former Titan and Houston Texan defensive back Demarcus Faggins, releasing DT Chuck Darby. Faggins is a versatile player and is expected to replace Eric King (shoulder), who was placed on IR earlier in the week.

The team inked DE Robert Henderson to the practice squad, dropping DB Deandre Wright.

Detailed Injury Report (not including Stafford/Johnson):Offensively, RB Maurice Morris (hip), FB Jerome Felton (shoulder), TE Casey FitzSimmons (thigh) were held out of Wednesday's practice. Defensively, DT Sammie Hill (ankle), DE Jason Hunter (ankle), S Ko Simpson (hamstring) and DE Dewayne White (hamstring) also did not participate.

Linebackers Jordan Dizon (foot) and Ernie Sims (shoulder), and DT Grady Jackson (knee) were limited in practice.

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