ALLEN PARK — Coach Jim Caldwell expects Ndamukong Suh to be in attendance on Tuesday when the Detroit Lions start their OTAs (organized team activities).
“Do I know he’ll be here? I would anticipate he will be here,’’ Caldwell said on Sunday wrapping up the final day of the three-day rookie minicamp.
Suh has not been in attendance at the Detroit Lions practice facility since offseason workouts started on April 7.
While he is working out on his own, he has missed the early installation of the new defense by the new coaching staff.
“Obviously he’s a great player and he’s also got great leadership ability as well,’’ Caldwell said. “To have him back here working amongst the group is going to be a great time for everybody.’’
The other team leaders have been in attendance so far, but Caldwell doesn’t seem to think that’s an issue with Suh.
“I’ve been a few places and I can cite you so many different examples of guys who maybe weren’t here in the time period that did a tremendous job in terms of leadership,’’ Caldwell said. “I don’t expect him to be any different.’’
Other than Suh, attendance at the voluntary sessions have been solid.
“We anticipate much like the rest of our OTAs — we’ve had unbelievable participation and we anticipating it’s going to be the same,’’ Caldwell said. “I think you’ll see we’ll have a great group here ready to work and we’ll find a way to get better.’’