Running back Trent Richardson (shin) and safety T.J. Ward (hamstring) will be worked back into team drills this week and coach Rob Chudzinski hopes to get them some playing time Thursday night against the Lions in the second preseason game against the Lions.

Both players sat out Thursday night's 27-19 victory over the Rams.

“I think we’ll have a number of guys that’ll be back practicing within the next couple days that were out for this game and we’ll obviously have to see how that goes'' said Chudzinski. "But I'm expecting Trent to practice and then we’ll see as far as getting him some rep time and getting him some work in the game.''

Dion Lewis replaced Richardson and gained 12 yards on his five carries. Three runs went for one yard or less including two on which he was knocked back a yard. But he also caught three passes for 22 yards including a 16-yard catch-and-run on a screen and a 2-yard TD in which he was singled up with rookie linebacker Alec Ogletree in the end zone.

He also converted a third down on the opening drive with an 9-yard gain on a draw his longest of the night.

"I thought he ran the ball well for what was there for him'' said Chudzinski. "He showed good vision. He showed good awareness of knowing where he needed to get (for) the first down. He had a couple good plays in catching the ball and doing some things with it after the catch and scoring the touchdown as well.''

Chudzinski said cornerback Chris Owens who suffered a strained arch on Wednesday is among the players that should be back soon. Buster Skrine started and made a good case for himself with a fumble recovery and a breakup.