Cleared to suit up Thursday

Jefferson (ankle/knee) is active for Thursday's game against the Bears.

After sitting out the Lions' Week 11 loss to the Browns on account of the two lower-body injuries, Jefferson was listed as a limited participant on each of the team's three practice reports issued Monday through Wednesday. That was enough for him to take a questionable designation into the Thanksgiving Day matchup and ultimately gain clearance ahead of the 12:30 p.m. ET kickoff. In his last appearance Week 10 in Pittsburgh, Jefferson carried three times for 41 yards and a touchdown before departing with the injury, but he could be at risk of falling out of the offensive game plan entirely. No. 2 back Jamaal Williams was sidelined against Pittsburgh due to injury, but he returned to action last week and should rank as the preferred option for complementary duties behind starter D'Andre Swift.

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