ALLEN PARK — While Lions rookie wide receiver Jameson Williams and veteran defensive end Romeo Okwara are back on the practice field, don’t expect either one to play on Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Ford Field.
“I don’t want to say it wouldn’t happen, but it would take a lot this week to feel good about bringing them up,’’ coach Dan Campbell said on Monday.
Both have a three-week window to return to action. It started last week when they came off injured reserve. Williams, a Lions first-round pick, tore his ACL in the national championship game in January, while Okwara tore his Achilles in Week 4 of last season.
Because of the quick turnaround for the Thanksgiving game, practice last week was limited to walk-throughs. This week they’ll be able to get Williams — who obviously has never played in an NFL game — more involved.
“We will really give him a look against somebody covering him. We’ll get some one-on-one work with him, he’ll get team work, he’ll run scout cards. So all of that will be good for him,’’ Campbell said.
Williams could add another dimension to the Lions offense using his speed. “He can run,’’ Campbell said.
Campbell said heading into Sunday, he’s telling the team to focus on the Jaguars and nothing else. The Lions (4-7) were disappointed with a last-minute loss to the Bills on Thanksgiving which snapped a three-game win streak.
Detroit’s reaction this week is big.
“Our mindset has to be —our whole focus has to be on this team that’s right in front of us right now,’’ Campbell said. “Understand what’s walking in here is very much a mirror image of us – they’re starting back over a little, new coach, this is the way they want things done. It’s a hungry team and they’ve got a ton of talent on top of that and they just came away with probably the best win they had all season.’’
On Sunday the Jaguars (4-7) eked out a 28-27 win over the Ravens (7-4).
“We have to understand what’s coming into Ford Field on Sunday, if we don’t then we don’t have a chance,’’ Campbell said. “As long as we do and we continue to improve, I do feel like we’ve improved over the last four weeks, we have to improve again even a little bit more. If we do that then I like our odds.’’
Cornerback Jerry Jacobs, who left Thursday’s game early due to an apparent concussion, is out of concussion protocol and ready to go.
Left guard Jonah Jackson and cornerback Jeff Okudah are in phase 3 of concussion protocol. Neither one played in Thursday’s loss to the Bills, but if there are no setbacks both should be able to play on Sunday.
The offensive line struggled at times against the Bills. Dan Skipper filled in at left guard for Jackson while Kayode Awosika played at right guard replacing Evan Brown who was out with an ankle injury.
If Jackson returns, center Frank Ragnow said, “It will be huge for us.”