Willson (shoulder) is listed as inactive Sunday in Chicago. Willson was limited at practice by a shoulder injury in advance of this game, which oftentimes isn't enough to warrant an absence on gameday. He's bucked that trend, though, giving second-year TE Michael Roberts a chance to take on a larger role in the Lions offense. On the season, Roberts has hauled in five of nine passes for 75 yards and three touchdowns in five contests.
Willson (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Chicago. The Lions' most-prominent TE addition in the offseason, Willson has proceeded to earn the most snaps in the group this season. The trend has continued since the team's Week 6 bye, but second-year pro Michael Roberts has been getting more involved in the offense over the last three games. If Willson is unable to go this weekend, Roberts and (to a lesser extent) Levine Toilolo will be the Lions' acting tight ends.
Willson (shoulder) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports. Though Willson is seemingly less than fully healthy after back-to-back limited practices, his involvement in any capacity this early in the week bodes well for his odds of suiting up Sunday against the Bears. Willson should retain his starting role if cleared to play, but he may not be guaranteed an overwhelming share of the playing time at tight end. Backup Michael Roberts actually earned more work than Willson in the Week 9 loss to Minnesota, logging 36 offensive snaps to the latter's 34.
Willson was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice due to a shoulder issue, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports. This marks Willson's first appearance on the injury report since the preseason. While there doesn't seem to be any immediate concern over Willson's availability for Sunday's showdown against Chicago, Michael Roberts would presumably serve as Detroit's preferred pass-catching tight end if the former's health takes a turn for the worse in the next few days.
Willson caught two passes for 17 yards during Sunday's 24-9 loss to the Vikings. Willson, who entered the game averaging 1.9 targets per game, continues to serve in a minor role for the Vikings and there's been no indication that will change anytime soon.
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