User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Lions looking healthier after open date

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - Louis Delmas and Cliff Avril were on the practice field, looking healthy after a much-needed open date for the Detroit Lions.

Advertisement
Jahvid Best still can't play, but he's at least eligible to come off the physically unable to perform list next week.

The Lions are on the mend - physically, at least. It remains to be seen whether they can improve on their 1-3 start this weekend at Philadelphia.

``It's not health anymore,'' center Dominic Raiola said. ``It's just a matter of doing the right things. There's no excuse.''

Delmas hasn't played yet this season while recovering from left knee surgery, but the defensive back has been practicing lately and could give a boost to Detroit's secondary. Avril had to leave the Lions' loss to Minnesota two weekends ago because of a back problem, but he too seems fine now.

Not everyone is at full strength. Corey Williams, who is coming off knee surgery, stood off the to the side at the start of practice Tuesday. Tight end Brandon Pettigrew wasn't on the field at all during the portion open to reporters.

Coach Jim Schwartz didn't elaborate on Pettigrew's condition other than to say he's day to day.

Meanwhile, Best has been on the reserve-physically unable to perform list all season because of concussion problems, but he's eligible to return as early as next week. Whether he'll be able to is still an open question.

``He's going through some return-to-play protocol,'' Schwartz said. ``Those aren't done by the people here. Those are done by independent neurologists and everybody else. The only thing we can do is wait for their opinion on it. ... The next step is getting him cleared and then it would be off PUP and then practicing before any decision would be made of when he'd be ready to play.''

Best showed promise as a rookie in 2010 and started six games last season, but he hasn't played since a loss to San Francisco nearly a year ago.

``He's in better shape now than when he was a rookie. He's physically stronger. He's smarter in our schemes, done a really good job being at meetings and those kind of things,'' Schwartz said. ``This isn't a guy that's been on vacation for the last couple months. This guy's worked extremely hard. But we try not to get ahead of ourselves. He's doing what he can. When he gets clearance he'll be back.''

The secondary has been hit hard by injuries. Chris Houston missed two games because of a sprained left ankle, and rookie Bill Bentley missed one because of a concussion. They're back now.

Avril, who was sidelined in the second half against the Vikings, was one of several players who missed some practice time last week - with no game to prepare for. Now he's ready to chase Michael Vick and the Eagles around on Sunday.

``Feeling good,'' Avril said. ``I practiced, feeling good and ready to get rolling.''

Copyright 2016 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

  
HEADLINES
Marshall: Tech Trends - Week 14
Sportsbook.ag: Best Bets - Week 14
BetOnline.ag: Browns facing NFL infamy
Sportsbook.ag: 'Dogs to Watch - Week 14
DiNitto: Opening Line Report - Week 14
Nelson: Close Calls - Week 13
Lawrence: Trends To Watch - December
Chiefs hold off Raiders, 'under' hits
Browns (0-12) go back to Griffin at QB
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NFL Pro Football Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NFL Hot Streaks
11-5 L4 Sundays, +1,440 TY
3-0 Sunday, 7-2 Guarantees TY
8-1 L3 Thurs., 17-6 L23 Totals
3-1 Sun., 12-4 G-Plays, 10-4 Totals
3-0 Week 13, 10-5 L15 G-Plays
20-8 L28 Totals, 26-13 L7 Sundays
11-4 L15 G-Plays, 30-16 L9 Sun.
2-0 Thurs., 7-3 Run, 10-5 Totals TY
4 Guaranteed Wins in a Row
12-5 L17 Totals, 27-16 L43 Picks
6-3 Last 9 NFL Selections
10-4 Record Last 4 Sundays
10-4 NFL Totals TY
2-0 Monday, 14-8 L22 Picks
NFL Pro Football Expert Sports Picks - Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles
2016 NFL SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Don Anthony + 1440
The Gold Sheet + 1079
Michael Black + 540
Last Week's Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 542
Andy Iskoe + 300
Scott Pritchard + 300
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Don Anthony 62 %
The Gold Sheet 57 %
Scott Pritchard 57 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Scott Pritchard + 670
Brian Edwards + 606
Pat Hawkins + 596
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Joe Williams + 816
Micah Roberts + 696
Antony Dinero + 679
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Jimmy Boyd + 1095
The Gold Sheet + 867
Paul Bovi + 427
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership