Broyles returns to field, Spievey too; plus more Sunday training camp notes
ALLEN PARK — Ryan Broyles was back on the practice field on Sunday after missing several practices and the preseason game with knee soreness.
He’s six-plus months out for ACL knee surgery and there’s no need to rush him because the Lions have plenty of options at wide receiver.
“He came out and worked, his knee has been sore. It doesn’t make sense to keep on going unless he was ready to go,’’ coach Jim Schwartz said.
He had a good day at wide receiver and also lined up to return punts.
“He knows how to get open, he’s not 100 percent physically, he knows how to get open and he showed it in practice today,’’ Schwartz said.
Broyles, a second-round pick out of Oklahoma, has been working hard to meet his goal of being ready to start the season.
Even when he’s not seeing action in practice he tries to make the most of it getting in those important mental reps.
“It’s a little bit different, sitting back and being with the coaches,’’ Broyles said. “When I see a guy do a wrong thing I can ask a coach what he did wrong. I’m learning as much as I can on the fly.’’
Two can’t finish
Ronnell Lewis left Sunday’s practice early, unable to work through his bruised right shoulder. Trainers attended to him on the sideline.
Linebacker Justin Durant, who injured his foot in Friday’s game, started practice but was not able to finish.
Schwartz said neither injury is considered serious.
Bumps and bruises
Louis Delmas was at his locker after practice but wouldn’t talk about his situation. Delmas, who underwent surgery on his left knee on Tuesday, had a pair of crutches leaned up against his stall.
Also, missing practice were Kyle Vanden Bosch (knee), Mikel Leshoure (hamstring), Jahvid Best (concussion), Patrick Edwards and Chris Greenwood (abdomen).
Amari Spievey was back on the field after sitting out Friday’s game due to headaches. As a precaution, he was checked out to make sure they weren’t related to a past concussion. He was cleared to go but was lining up with Sean Jones in the backup group. John Wendling and Erik Coleman were still playing with the starters.
This and that
Safety Reshard Langford, who was signed on Saturday, practiced. The numbers are down at safety due to Delmas’ knee injury. Linebacker Korey Bosworth was cut to make room for Langford. ... It was kids day on Sunday and they showed up big time. The official attendance was 2,819 which is significantly higher than a normal day of training camp. ... Rookie Bill Bentley was opposite Chris Houston at cornerback on Sunday with Jacob Lacey in at nickel. It was the same lineup as Friday’s game.
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