Detroit Lions wide receiver Ryan Broyles hopes to be recovered from his ACL injury in time for training camp. That is still two and a half months away. This weekend, the Lions are holding their rookie minicamp, and Broyles is watching things from the sideline. Although he is making good progress in his recovery, he isn't quite ready to take part in practice at this point in time.
"He’s not ready to do any of this stuff yet, but he is working very well. He’s better than when we saw him at his pro day," coach Jim Schwartz said. "He’ll be better tomorrow than he is today. He’s had a very, very good rehab from his knee and has made good progress. But he won’t be competing in any of this stuff."
The Lions plan to be patient when it comes to Broyles' recovery. There's no sense in rushing him back from such a serious injury, and there's also no need to rush him back considering the Lions already have three established receivers in Calvin Johnson, Nate Burleson and Titus Young. Being patient is the right move, although Broyles is very anxious to get out there with his new teammates.
"They want to hold me back, which is reasonable, but it’s just not fun having to sit back. It is cool though to encourage other guys and be on the outside looking in, being able to talk to the coaches and be one of the guys who can state their opinion on how guys are working their different routes and things like that.
There has been talk about Broyles potentially starting training camp on the PUP list. Right now, though, it's still too early to tell just how likely that is considering we do have a couple of months to go until training camp begins.