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Injuries: JuJu (hamstring) misses another practice

After landing in Detroit on Wednesday, Dwight Freeney just missed the cut to play for the Lions on Thanksgiving Thursday.

The veteran pass rusher was inactive for their Turkey Day loss to the Minnesota Vikings. The Lions signed Freeney after he was cut by the Seattle Seahawks following their Monday night loss.

Defensive end Ezekiel Ansah, on the other hand, was active after being listed as questionable to go with a back injury. Ansah was limited in practice all week. Linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin also returned after missing the last two games with an ankle injury.

The Lions were also without leading return man Jamal Agnew, who was previously ruled out with a knee injury. Agnew leads the league in punt return average (16.8) and return TDs.

On the Vikings' side of the ball, tackle Mike Remmers was inactive with a concussion, while defensive end Brian Robison (back) and safety Andrew Sendejo (groin/hamstring) were active.

Here are the other injuries worth monitoring:

  1. Lions center Travis Swanson left against the Vikings with a knee injury and did not return.
  1. Los Angeles Chargers receivers Mike Williams (knee) and Travis Benjamin (abdomen) were both active against the Dallas Cowboys. However, Williams was carted into the locker room in the first quarter and did not return to the game. Kicker Nick Novakbriefly exited with a back injury but returned in the second quarter, only to leave once again.
  1. Cowboys guard Zack Martin did not return against the Chargers with a head injury. Owner Jerry Jones told reporters after the game that he is in the concussion protocol. Kicker Dan Bailey (hamstring) was active and played against the Chargers, while backup kicker Mike Nugent was inactive. Tackles Tyron Smith (back/groin) and La'el Collins (back) were both active.
  1. The Washington Redskins announced star left tackle Trent Williams (knee) was inactive for their game against the New York Giants. Defensive lineman Matt Ioannidis (ankle) did not return.
  1. New York Giants linebacker Curtis Grant was carted off with a knee in the first quarter against the Redskins. He did not return. Linebacker Deonte Skinner (hamstring) and cornerback Donte Deayon (jaw/forearm) both did not return. 

Wide receiver Sterling Shepard was inactive as he still battles migraines. Cornerback Eli Apple was a healthy scratch for the second straight week.

  1. Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler (concussion) returned to practice in a limited capacity.
  1. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (Achilles) and tight end Rob Gronkowski (illness) were both limited in practice after sitting out on Wednesday. Tight end Martellus Bennett (shoulder/hamstring), wide receiver Chris Hogan (shoulder), center David Andrews (illness) and tackle Marcus Cannon (ankle) did not practice.
  1. Devonta Freeman is inching closer to a return to the field. The Atlanta Falcons running back was limited in practice Thursday, though he remains in concussion protocol. Wide receiver Julio Jones (ankle/knee) was also limited for the second straight day.
  1. The Chicago Bears officially placed pass rusher Leonard Floyd on injured reserve on Thursday. Floyd was carted off with a knee injury last Sunday against the Lions. Bears coach John Fox told reporters that Floyd will soon undergo surgery to repair a MCL/PCL injury. In a corresponding move, Chicago signed linebacker Howard Jones from the practice squad to the active roster. 
  1. Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (hamstring) did not practice for the second consecutive day. Safety Mike Mitchell (ankle) was limited after practicing fully Wednesday.
  1. Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Kenny Clark (ankle), linebacker Clay Matthews (groin) and running back Ty Montgomery (ribs) did not practice Thursday.
  1. Philadelphia Eagles kicker Jake Elliott (concussion) returned to practice Thursday.
  1. Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald missed practice Thursday because of an illness. Receiver Robert Woods (shoulder), cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman (thigh) and linebacker Mark Barron (hand) did not practice for the second straight day. Cornerback Kayvon Webster (concussion) was limited after missing practice Wednesday.
  1. Kansas City Chiefs linebackers Dee Ford (back) and Terrance Smith (concussion) did not participate in practice for the second straight day. Linebacker Tamba Hall (knee) and defensive end Allen Bailey (knee) were both limited.
  1. Buffalo Bills wideout Kelvin Benjamin (knee), tackle Cordy Glenn (foot/ankle) and running back Mike Tolbert (hamstring) did not participate in practice. Wideout Jordan Matthews (knee) was limited.
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