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Johnson, Bellore miss Thursday’s practice

Detroit Lions have released their Week 13 Thursday injury report, and both running back Kerryon Johnson (knee) and fullback Nick Bellore (ankle) missed practice for the second day in a row.

It’s not looking good for Johnson to play this week as his initial diagnoses considered him week-to-week and he hasn’t seen the field in 11 days. If he doesn’t practice tomorrow afternoon, expect him to be ruled out when game designations are assigned later that day.

Bellore’s absence may not appear overly significant on the surface, as he only sees a handful of snaps on offense each game, but it can’t be understated how valuable he is on special teams.

He typically sees at least two-thirds of special teams snaps and routinely grades out as one of the top players on the unit. If he misses the game, things will likely need be shaken up, which is a shame as the unit was starting to gel over the last two games.

Bruce Ellington (back), Michael Roberts (shoulder) and Jalen Reeves-Maybin (neck) each saw another limited practice on Thursday and if things play out like they did last week — when all three were also limited — they should all be game-time decisions.

It’s never a good sign when a player who isn’t on the injury report to start the week is added during. This is the case with wide receiver Brandon Powell who shows up on Thursday’s practice report with a calf injury. He has been a healthy scratch for the previous two weeks, so this may not impact the team significantly, but with Marvin Jones now on injured reserve, this is his opportunity to impress coaches and any limitations won’t help his case.

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