Detroit Lions Training Camp: Notes From Day 3 Of Practice

ALLEN PARK, MI - JULY 30: Louis Delmas #26 and Ndamukong Suh #90 of the Detroit Lions signs autographs after the morning practice session at the Lions facility on July 30, 2011 in Allen Park, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

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  • After having Sunday off, the Detroit Lions resumed training camp in Allen Park on Monday, holding one practice in the morning. The Lions will practice again on Tuesday and Wednesday starting at 9:15 a.m. each day. Both practices are open to the public. Gates open at 8:45 a.m.
  • Five players that are eligible to practice missed today's session: WR Titus Young, LT Jeff Backus, RT Gosder Cherilus, CB Jack Williams and CB Alphonso Smith. Young is still dealing with leg stiffness, and Backus and Smith are still on the active/non-football injury list. Cherilus got a day off to rest his knee, which was operated on this offseason, and it sounds like the situation was similar with Williams, who has been working his way back from a knee injury for a while now.
  • With Cherilus out, Donald Thomas was the first-string right tackle.
  • As Chris McCosky points out, when free agents are eligible to start practicing on Thursday the Lions will have 23 additional players on the field.
  • Tom Kowalski reports that Willie Young "looked much better" during pass rush drills than in the past, and he also says that Jason Fox "looked much better" in pass protection at left tackle than right tackle.

(More after the jump)

  • Kowalski has a recap of what happened during the 15 plays the Lions ran in their red zone drill.
  • The Lions suited up in shoulder pads, but they did not practice in full pads. Jim Schwartz isn't sure when the team will hold its first practice in full pads.
  • Schwartz also said the Lions "looked more like a team that had been in camp three weeks" as opposed to three days. Now it appears we're starting to see the effects of the lockout on the field.
  • DeAndre Levy practiced at middle linebacker today. When Stephen Tulloch can practice later this week it will be interesting to see if Levy permanently shifts to outside linebacker or if he continues to get work in the middle.
  • Zack Follett had an "outstanding practice," according to Schwartz. McCosky called Follett the "most active defensive player in team and goal line drills" today. That's certainly good to hear.
  • Jahvid Best returned kicks for the Lions since Stefan Logan isn't eligible to practice until Thursday.

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