ALLEN PARK — Calvin Johnson, Reggie Bush and Theo Riddick are “coming along” and “improving rapidly” according to coach Jim Caldwell in his Monday press conference.
Johnson and Bush, who both have ankle injuries, did not play in the 17-3 win over the Vikings on Sunday. Riddick couldn’t finish the game with a hamstring injury.
Also from Caldwell’s press conference:
— He had not seen Ryan Broyles tweet after the game which made it seem he was frustrated with his lack of playing time. He was on field for two offensive snaps and was not targeted. Caldwell said he has an open-door policy and Broyles hasn’t crossed the threshold. Although the coach noted Broyles could have talked to one of the assistants.
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— Kyle Van Noy and TJ Jones are eligible to start practicing this week. Caldwell said it depends on whether both are cleared from a medical standpoint. Van Noy, who has been on short-term injured reserve, is recovering from sport hernia surgery prior to the season start. Jones started the season on the physically unable to perform list due to shoulder surgery.
— The squib kick after touchdown in first quarter was called due to the gusting wind. Caldwell said he didn’t want to give Cordarrelle Patterson a chance to run it back.
“The wind was blowing in such a gusting way we didn’t want it up in the air to let 84 run it back down our throat was one of the reasons. it wasn’t quite as deep as we’d like that squib.”
— The Lions didn’t attempt a field goal on fourth-and-5 late in the fourth quarter at the Vikings’ 29-yard line for a reason. “When you’re in that kind of game, and it’s 17-3, you get a blocked field goal, they take it back and score, onside kick,’’ Caldwell said. “You’d be asking a different question today.’’
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