The Lions are optimistic that LE Cliff Avril (concussion) will be able to play in Sunday's game against the Packers.
Avril sustained his concussion early in the third quarter of last week's loss to the Vikings. "He was much improved after the game, probably more so than a lot of the other concussions that we've had," coach Jim Schwartz said. "He'll have to go through a protocol to return. But he presented different at the end of the game than some other guys have." Avril leads the Lions with 4.5 sacks on the season.