Lions training camp: List of injuries is growing

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As Detroit Lions training camp rolls on, more and more players are dealing with injuries.

One of the unfortunate realities about training camp is that injuries are quite common. Just take a look at what has happened around the NFL over the last few days. Jeremy Maclin, Dennis Pitta and Dan Koppen are just some of the players who have suffered injuries that will force them to miss the entire 2013 season.

For the Detroit Lions, they thankfully haven't had to deal with any injuries like that so far during training camp this year, but their list of injured players is growing. On Monday, for example, seven players were absent from practice, and another player had to leave during the practice because of an injury.

Cornerbacks Ron Bartell and Jonte Green were among the players out on Monday. Bartell is dealing with a shoulder injury, while Green hurt his hamstring on Sunday. Both players are set to get MRIs on Monday, according to Josh Katzenstein, meaning the Lions want to take a closer look at each player's injury.

Also absent from practice on Monday was defensive end Jason Jones. Brad Galli reports that Jones was out with a sore knee, and Jim Schwartz indicated that it's not a very serious injury. It really sounds like Jones was held out as a precaution more than anything.

The other four players out on Monday were wide receiver Devin Thomas, defensive end Ronnell Lewis, linebacker Carmen Messina and safety Louis Delmas. Thomas is still on the PUP list and Lewis is still on the NFI list. Messina, on the other hand, is dealing with what is believed to be a hamstring injury. As for Delmas, he simply got another day off in order to keep his knees from becoming a major issue.

The one other piece of injury news from Day 4 of training camp involved cornerback Chris Greenwood. He exited Monday's practice because of a hamstring injury.

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