The Lions finally got starting cornerback Chris Houston back at practice on Wednesday.
Unfortunately for the Detroit pass defense, they still had two starters sitting out the session with injuries. Cornerback Bill Bentley joined safety Louis Delmas on the sideline as a result of a concussion he suffered in 27-23 victory over the Rams. Like all players diagnosed with a concussion, Bentley needs to be cleared by an independent neurologist before he’s able to return to the field. As his teammate Jahvid Best might tell him, that’s not always a fast-moving process.
Houston has been out of action since the third preseason game as a result of a high ankle sprain. Tim Twentyman of the Lions website believes that Houston’s ability to practice two straight days will determine whether or not he’s able to play against the 49ers on Sunday night. Delmas hasn’t practiced since having knee surgery in early August and his presence in the lineup this week seems like a fairly remote possibility given the lack of progress he’s made since the operation.
Jacob Lacey started in place of Houston and John Wendling started for Delmas. In the event that Bentley isn’t cleared in time to play the 49ers, both men would likely return to the starting lineup for a second straight week.