August 10, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) warms up before game against the Cleveland Browns at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-US PRESSWIRE
Yes, you read that right. Sunday's Detroit Lions practice was of the record-setting variety. What record was broken? The Lions had 2,819 fans in attendance for "Kids Day" in Allen Park, setting a new record for the largest crowd for an open practice at the team's facility. Here's a look at notes from Sunday's practice:
- Amari Spievey returned to practice on Sunday after missing Friday's game against the Cleveland Browns because of headaches. He's still dealing with headaches, but he passed a "battery of tests" that indicated they weren't related to a concussion.
- Ryan Broyles also returned to practice on Sunday after missing Friday's game. He had been dealing with knee soreness, but he was able to take part in individual, team and special teams drills. Jim Schwartz admitted after practice that Broyles isn't 100 percent healthy, so hopefully Broyles will feel good enough to practice again on Monday.
- The list of players who did not practice for the Lions on Sunday included Mikel Leshoure, Titus Young, Patrick Edwards, Kyle Vanden Bosch, Louis Delmas and Don Carey.
- Leshoure was again working with trainers on the sideline, so hopefully this is an indication that he will be back on the practice field soon.
- Ronnell Lewis and Justin Durant both left practice with what Schwartz described as "soreness" from Friday's game. Lewis had his shoulder wrapped in ice and Durant had a wrap on his ankle.
- Paula Pasche reports that Stefan Logan had his thigh wrapped in ice.
- Prior to practice, Matthew Stafford played catch with one of the kids in attendance, according to Anwar Richardson.
- During a drill where running backs and tight ends had to block linebackers, three players stood out (and yes, I realize the tweets are contradictory):
RBs and TEs going up against LBs in pass protection drill. The LBs are winning against everyone but Keiland Williams— Lions RapidReports (@CBSSportsNFLDET) August 12, 2012
TE Nathan Overbay has been the best blocker against the LBs in this drill.— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) August 12, 2012
- Ryan Broyles got a chance to take some first-team reps as the Lions' slot receiver in place of the absent Titus Young.
- The rotation on the offensive line on Sunday saw Riley Reiff take second-team reps at right tackle and Corey Hilliard line up as the second-team left tackle. Hilliard also got a few first-team reps at left tackle, as did Jason Fox.
- Willie Young's excellent performance from Friday's game apparently carried over to Sunday's practice.
— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) August 12, 2012
#Liond DE Willie Young overpowers Riley Reiff in one-on-one drill
- When Justin Durant left practice, Ashlee Palmer stepped in for him on the first-team defense. Carmen Messina took over for Palmer on the second-team defense.
- The Lions' first-team secondary on Sunday was Chris Houston and Bill Bentley at cornerback and John Wendling and Erik Coleman at safety. Jacob Lacey served as the first-team nickelback.
- It sounds like Bentley had a couple of rough plays on Sunday, although to be fair, stopping Calvin Johnson isn't exactly easy.
Bill bentley beat by Calvin, Scheff on consecutive plays— Paula Pasche (@paulapasche) August 12, 2012
- Here are a couple of tidbits on a pair of Lions safeties:
S Erik Coleman making good breaks on the ball in 1-on- 1 drills.— Lions RapidReports (@CBSSportsNFLDET) August 12, 2012
S Sean Jones gets good position on WR Maurice Stovall in drills--and promptly drops pick.— Lions RapidReports (@CBSSportsNFLDET) August 12, 2012