For the Steelers on Thursday, running back Willie Parker (toe) sat out practice again today and it is very unlikely he will be play this week versus Detroit. Safety Troy Polamalu (knee) remains limited in practice and he too is looking to be out again this week. Tight end David Johnson (ankle) sat out on Thursday after working fully on Wednesday. Linebacker Andre Frazier (shoulder) and guard Chris Kemoeatu (ankle) returned to practice and were limited on Thursday, but should be ready by game day. Wide receiver Hines Ward (not injury related) practiced fully today after having his normal day off Wednesday and has been removed from the injury report. Safety Ryan Clark (back) practiced fully again for a second straight day and is not listed on the injury report.
For the Lions on Thursday, rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford (knee) did not practice again today and while Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said that not practicing Wednesday and today wouldn\’t necessarily rule out Stafford, it\’s looking likely that Stafford will sit on Sunday. Wide receiver Calvin Johnson (thigh), tackle Gosder Cherilus (shoulder), and safety Kalvin Pearson (quad) all returned to practice today after missing Wednesday\’s session. Defensive tackle Sammie Hill (ankle), defensive end Dewayne White (hamstring) and safety Ko Simpson (hamstring) remained sidelined for the second straight day. Defensive end Cliff Avril (hamstring) and running back Kevin Smith (shoulder) both practiced fully again on Thursday. Linebacker Ernie Sims (shoulder) was limited today again for the second straight day while defensive tackle Grady Jackson (knee) did not practice Thursday after being limited on Wednesday.