Rookies, Caleb Campbell Return to Allen Park for Tomorrow's OTA

Tomorrow's organized team activity will mark the first time the entire Lions team gets to practice together.  So far the Lions' rookies have only participated in their minicamp, whereas the veterans have had quite a few OTAs already.  Because of rules agreed upon by the NCAA and NFL, rookies can come in for the minicamp, but then they have to wait around until now to return to their teams for OTAs and the like.

While the first OTA with both rookies and veterans isn't until tomorrow, today the rookies were able to take part in the on-field workouts after checking in.  That means that the draft picks and undrafted free agents should have all returned to Allen Park by now, ready to get back on the field.

One other player who is ready to get back on the field is Caleb Campbell, who missed last Thursday's OTA because he was still waiting to be officially cleared by the Army to play football.  I used the word "was" because it now appears that Campbell has been cleared.  According to his Twitter account, Campbell returned to Detroit on Sunday and took part in today's workout.  Campbell also said, "So great to be back in the lockeroom wit my rookie class from 08."

The best part about having veterans and rookies together for the coaches is that there are a lot more bodies for the OTAs.  Of course, it's good that the entire team is together for chemistry reasons and to continue to get the rookies acclimated to the NFL, but with the extra bodies coming in, the coaches will be able to do a lot more since the depth is so much greater.

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