Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree underwent surgery Tuesday on a fractured fibula and will be miss at least eight weeks, Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
What was initially termed an ankle injury has been confirmed as a broken leg, threatening the remainder of Ogletree's season. He was easily on pace to achieve a third 100-tackle campaign in a row to kick off his career. However, his absence will make way for Akeem Ayers to serve as the Rams' weak-side linebacker.
Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder) was limited in practice Thursday, per Kyle Meinke of MLive.com.
Ansah tallied two additional sacks in the Monday night loss at Seattle, pushing him to four on the season and into a tie for second in the NFL. While he's been listed with a different ailment each of the last three weeks, Ansah has brushed off the concern and played. So far, there has been no indication that the same won't occur in Week 5, but the Friday injury report should clarify his availability.
Lions running back Joique Bell (ankle) didn't practice Thursday, and Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press noted that the running back isn't expected to play Sunday against the Cardinals.
The Lions haven't officially ruled out Bell for the Week 5 contest, but Birkett's report paves the way for Ameer Abdullah to head the backfield for a second week in a row. If Monday's loss to the Seahawks is any indication, Abdullah will earn most of the carries, while Theo Riddick serves in a pass-catching role.
Levy (hip) practiced in full Thursday, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.
After taking on all practice reps to date this week, Levy is trending toward his season debut Sunday against the Cardinals. If he returns, he would likely shore up a run defense that has been a mid-tier unit through the first quarter of the current campaign, giving up 111.5 yards per game on the ground.
Wednesday marks Pettigrew's first practice since sustaining the hamstring injury Sept. 13, and he could be ready for the Lions' Week 5 matchup against the Cardinals.
Fellow tight end Eric Ebron (knee) is also banged up and expected to sit out a couple weeks, which would likely promote Pettigrew to the starting spot for the time being. Tim Wright would also likely see more snaps in Ebron's absence.