Anquan Boldin ailing as Detroit Lions get ready for Packers

Dave Birkett
Detroit Free Press
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Detroit Lions wide receiver Anquan Boldin runs after a catch against the Chicago Bears on Dec. 11, 2016, at Ford Field.

Anquan Boldin did not appear on the Detroit Lions' official injury report Wednesday, but it was clear watching him practice today that the veteran receiver is bothered by the finger injury he suffered in this week's loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

Boldin practice with what appeared to be a splint on his left ring finger and did not catch any balls with that hand during the open portion of practice.

Lions quarterbacks rarely threw the ball Boldin's way during practice, even during a red zone passing drill in which all five receivers in the route typically catch passes on every play. When the ball did come Boldin's way, he used only his right hand to catch it.

Boldin left Monday's game briefly in the first half but returned after halftime. He caught five passes for 33 yards, with three of his receptions coming after halftime. Boldin leads the Lions with seven touchdown catches this year.

The Lions (9-6) host the Green Bay Packers (9-6) in a game that will decide the NFC North on Sunday.

Cornerback Darius Slay (hamstring) and center Travis Swanson (concussion) practiced for the second straight day today, while running back Theo Riddick (wrist) and return man Andre Roberts (shoulder) remained out.

Lions coach Jim Caldwell said it was "good" to have Slay back at practice after he missed his third game with a hamstring injury first suffered in October, and he downplayed the risk of Slay aggravating the injury by practicing this week.

"You also have to make certain that you’re dealing with your roster and things of that nature," Caldwell said. "There’s a lot of stuff that goes into it. You ask that question, and people within football will say, ‘There’s no way.’ You may be able to do that with a quarterback that’s been around forever, that you really limit how much activity that he has anyway, because he’s dropping back or playing from the gun or something of that nature. Other positions, that doesn’t work."


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