Detroit Lions CB Justin Coleman on the mend from hamstring injury, returns to practice

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Dave Birkett
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When Halloween rolls around next week, the Detroit Lions might be able to go dressed as a fully healthy secondary.

The Lions returned cornerback Justin Coleman to practice Thursday from injured reserve, and while the team’s top nickel cornerback is unlikely to play Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons, he could be back on the field for next week’s game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Coleman has not played since straining his hamstring in a season-opening loss to the Chicago Bears. The Lions placed him on injured reserve two days later.

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Cornerback Desmond Trufant also left the Bears game with strained hamstring. He returned briefly for a Week 4 loss to the New Orleans Saints, before aggravating the injury again.

Trufant did not practice Thursday, but spent the open portion of practice running sprints for trainers for the second straight day.

Jeff Okudah and Darryl Roberts are expected to start Sunday in place of Trufant and Coleman.

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Trey Flowers (wrist), Marvin Jones (knee), Danny Amendola (foot) and Frank Ragnow (groin) returned to practice on a limited basis Thursday after sitting out Wednesday.

The Lions (2-3) also released offensive lineman Beau Benzschawel from the practice squad and signed running back Dalyn Dawkins.

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