Ebron (knee/ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Houston, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
Ebron returned to a limited practice Wednesday, marking his first participation of any kind since Week 4. He followed that up with full sessions Thursday and Friday, providing a strong suggestion he's ready to return from a three-game absence. According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Ebron also hinted at his return after the completion of Friday's practice. Given the length of his absence, it would still be wise to check back in when inactive lists are released approximately 90 minutes before Sunday's 1:00 pm. ET kickoff. With RB Theo Riddick (ankle) set to return, it appears Matt Stafford could have all his key pass catchers available, which means there will be no shortage of competition for targets.
Slay (hamstring) has missed practice Wednesday and Thursday, leaving his status for Sunday's tilt with the Texans in serious question, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.
Slay injured his hamstring in Sunday's win over Washington, leaving Just Nevin Lawson, Quan Diggs, Johnson Bademosi, and Adairius Barnes as the only healthy cornerbacks. "Darius obviously is one of the better corners in the league, so you're going to miss a guy like that. But we have some guys that we think will step up," defensive coordinator Teryl Austin said Thursday. Bademosi is most likely to start should Slay be ruled out and will have the difficult responsibility of containing Texans' wideouts DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller.
Wick was held without a catch Sunday against the Rams.
Although starting TE Eric Ebron (knee) was sidelined for another week, Wick barely saw the field yet again. Instead, he ceded snaps to Clay Harbor and Khari Lee, who both serve as more traditional, in-line blocking specialists. It's unclear if the Lions' coaching staff lacks confidence in the rookie or if they simply prefer to lean on their wide receivers, but, either way, Wick has fallen off the fantasy radar.
Dixon left Saturday's preseason matchup with an apparent chest injury and is questionable to return, Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer reports.
In his NFL debut last week, Dixon tallied three tackles against Baltimore. The Washington product has taken reps at both cornerback and safety for Carolina in the early going, but with a lot of uncertainty surrounding Dixon and his injury, it remains to be seen if he'll be able to squeak onto the roster by preseason's end.