Tracking the Detroit Lions’ latest injuries and attendance report for the team’s third OTA practice on Thursday.
The Detroit Lions took to the field Thursday for the third OTA practice of the week, but the first open to the media. It was our first chance to see the veterans and rookies take to the court for positional drills, 11-on-11s and 7-on-7s.
We’ll have some practice observations later on Thursday, but first, here’s a look at the injury/participation ratio.
Note: The Lions are not required to provide an injury report during the offseason, so these are based on my own personal observations. They are not official.
Not seen at Thursday training
RB Craig Reynolds
G Jonas Jackson
C Frank Ragnow
DT Benito Jones
DT Isaiah Buggs
While we don’t have a specific reason why these individuals missed practice, coach Dan Campbell said before practice that several players were integrating babies into the family.
“We’ll have a few guys, but those are things I know,” Campbell said. “They have things, personal things going on. Nothing major. We have lots of babies right now.
In training, but not in training
QB Hendon Hooker
WR Trinity Benson
DT Levi Onwuzurike
CB Emmanuel Moseley
CB Steven Gilmore
Hooker and Moseley being out comes as no surprise, as both continue to rehabilitate after ACL tears suffered last year. Both were actively involved in their stance groups, staying mentally sharp.
It’s unclear what injuries Benson or Gilmore are dealing with, but Gilmore also missed the day of rookie minicamp open to the media.
Onwuzurike was interesting. He closely followed his stance group and even did a bit of stretching and warming up with the team, as seen below (he’s #91):
He did a significant amount of work with the coaches during practice. I don’t feel like his return is necessarily imminent, but considering we haven’t seen him work on the pitch at all, it’s certainly a notable step in his rehab.
limited in some way
Okwara ended last season on IR due to an elbow injury, and he was still wearing a fairly large brace on his right arm. That said, that didn’t seem to limit his participation in the field, as he participated in all exercises.
Walker, coming off a torn Achilles last season, went all but 11-for-11 late in practice. Meanwhile, he was working with a coach on the sidelines.
He told the media Thursday that he doesn’t expect to have any restrictions during training camp this summer.
“After vet minicamp, this will be the last time you see me on the side running. So I’ll be back,” Walker said.
Left training with an injury
RB David Montgomery
LB Malcolm Rodriguez
I didn’t see what happened with either player, but both seemed to be suffering from lower body injuries. Both limped off the field under their own power, but neither returned.