Kicker Jason Hanson and left tackle Jeff Backus have been at the Lions’ Allen Park practice facility in recent weeks, and team president Tom Lewand said today he's optimistic both will play again in 2013. Asked specifically about Backus, Lewand said, “I haven’t heard anything to the contrary. He’s under contract and Jeff’s been in the building. I haven’t heard anything differently from him, so I don’t have anything to announce one way or another. But my expectation is that barring anything he would tell us that he’s going to be here."
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