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Chris Houston returns to Detroit Lions practice

Detroit Lions cornerback Chris Houston participated during the portion of practice open to the media Wednesday, according to's Tim Twentyman. Houston missed the Lions' season-opening 27-23 win over the St. Louis Rams with an ankle injury.

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will re-air the Detroit Lions' 27-23 win over the St. Louis  Rams in Week 1 on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 9 p.m. ET.

The Lions might have survived a Rams receiving corps led by Danny Amendola without their No. 1 cover man, but the San Francisco 49erspresent a difference challenge. San Francisco runs out a group that includes Michael Crabtree, Randy Moss, Mario Manningham and tight end Vernon Davis.

Houston suffered a high ankle sprain against the Oakland Raiders in Week 3 of the preseason and has not practiced since.

"I don't know how you'd classify it, because a concussion is a concussion, but he's doing really well," Lions coach Jim Schwartz told "Yes, he has to pass a protocol to be back. That's an objective thing. That's not a subjective, 'Well, we think he's doing fine.' He has some hurdles he needs to cross, but we're optimistic."

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