Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz says he’s optimistic that wide receiver Calvin Johnson and running back Kevin Smith will play Sunday at Seattle.
Johnson has missed Detroit’s past two games with a sore right knee but practiced all week. Smith, who injured a shoulder in last weekend’s 17-10 loss to St. Louis, missed Wednesday’s practice but took part in workouts Thursday and Friday.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford was limited in practice this week by a sore right knee but is expected to play against the Seahawks.
The last time Stafford, Johnson and Smith all played together was during the first half of the Lions’ only win of the season, a 25-17 decision over the Washington Redskins on Oct. 26.
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Ty Law to join Broncos
Defensive back Ty Law has agreed to terms on a deal with the Denver Broncos, according to his agent, Kevin Poston.
Law is expected to sign the deal today, pending the passing of his physical. He might even make it to practice as the Broncos (6-1) prepare to host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night.
The 35-year-old Law, a five-time Pro Bowl selection with 52 career interceptions, will fit right in with veteran defensive backs Champ Bailey, Andre’ Goodman, Brian Dawkins and Renaldo Hill, who are all in their 30s.
A first-round pick by New England in 1995, Law helped the Patriots to three Super Bowl titles. He played for the New York Jets last season, sitting out the first 10 weeks of the season before joining the team.
Colts lose pair for season
Indianapolis Colts cornerback Marlin Jackson and strong safety Bob Sanders were lost for the season when the team placed them on injured reserve.
Jackson, who missed the second half of the 2008 season after injuring his right knee during practice, suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury to his left knee during a non-contact drill Wednesday. He had been rehabbing the knee after he was hurt against Seattle on Oct. 4.
Sanders, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, tore his left biceps against the 49ers last weekend and will need surgery. He has missed 40 of 87 games during his injury-plagued, six-year NFL career.
A fine mess in Green Bay
The Packers’ Johnny Jolly, Al Harris and rookie B.J. Raji have been fined $5,000 each by the NFL for actions in last Sunday’s loss to Minnesota.
Jolly was fined for unnecessary roughness for head-butting Minnesota running back Chester Taylor. Harris was fined for unnecessary roughness for grabbing a helmet-opening to make a tackle, and Raji was fined $5,000 for a major facemask violation.
Elsewhere, Arizona defensive tackle Darnell Dockett was fined $5,000 for a helmet-to-helmet contact in a game with Carolina, and Panthers tight end Jeff King was fined the same amount for striking an opponent late.
The biggest fine of the week went to Cleveland linebacker Kamerion Wimbley, $7,500 for roughing the passer when he struck Chicago’s Jay Cutler in the face.
Indianapolis linebacker Clint Session was fined $5,000 for roughing the passer because he struck 49ers quarterback Alex Smith in the knee area.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (toe) and receiver Donald Driver (neck) practiced Friday and are probable for Sunday’s game at Tampa Bay. … The New England Patriots have released guard Kendall Simmons. He was inactive for six of his seven games with the team.