Detroit Lions — Five injured players to watch when camp starts
- Joique Bell underwent surgery in the offseason to clean up a knee and Achilles tendon. It wasn’t considered major surgery. In February he said he planned to be at OTAs, but dodged the question on whether he would be 100 percent. He was on the field watching his teammates in OTAs and in minicamp, but wasn’t able to do individual drills which is usually the first step back.
- Jason Jones missed three days of minicamp with an undisclosed injury. Coach Jim Caldwell said he had something taken care of and he’ll be back in the fall. But when he says “in the fall” he means training camp.
- LaAdrian Waddle underwent ACL surgery in January so his timeline is probably right on. It generally takes at least six months for that type of injury to heal. Like Bell, he’s been on the field with his teammates but no drills of any kind.
- Nevin Lawson was injured in the second regular season game in September, so his foot has had plenty of time to heal. It was a serious injury. The cornerback has been at the offseason workouts participating in individual drills but has been held out of team drills.
- Joe Fauria injured his ankle in a freak puppy-related incident which forced him to miss seven games in the middle of the season. He was limited in OTAs and minicamp. At minicamp he said he’s “pretty close” to 100 percent and expects to be ready for training camp. He pointed out that every player goes through injuries and he seems fired up to return to action.