Here's a quick update of what went down in Allen Park yesterday.
- The Lions held a full-squad practice yesterday in preparation for the third preseason game of the year at Oakland. The practice was held on the outdoor fields. Today (Thursday), the Lions will just have a short walkthrough session before heading over to the Kickoff Luncheon.
- Casey FitzSimmons, Cory Redding, Charles Rogers, Shaun Rogers, Rex Tucker and Damien Woody all missed practice with ongoing injuries. Also, Teddy Lehman and Scottie Vines missed practice as they still remain on the PUP list.
- Former Lions tight end Charlie Sanders was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Seniors Committee as one of two candidates for election into the Class of 2007. Here's some info on Sanders' career with Detroit:
Sanders, a 6'4", 230-pound tight end, was Detroit's third round pick out of Minnesota in 1968. He quickly established himself in the NFL when he recorded 40 catches for 533 yards as a rookie. More success followed for Sanders in 1969 when he caught 42 passes for a career-high 656 yards and scored three touchdowns. He was named All-NFL that season, the first of three straight seasons that he earned all-league accolades. In addition, Sanders was elected to seven Pro Bowls during his 10-year, 128-game career. Sanders caught 30 or more passes in a year seven times. In his career that ended after the 1977 season, he had 336 catches for 4,817 yards and scored 31 touchdowns. He retired as the Lions all-time leader in receptions. Sanders was also named to the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 1970s.
The third preseason game is upon us already. Tomorrow there will be look at the game with Oakland and of course more updates from Lions practice.