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Thursday Notes: Kevin Smith Takes Part In Team Drills; Other Tidbits From The Lions' Minicamp

  • The first day of this week's minicamp was a bit rusty since the Lions didn't have their originally-scheduled OTAs to get things back on track after having a couple weeks off.
  • Louis Delmas has an injured groin that will probably keep him out of the entire three-day minicamp, but it doesn't sound like we should be too concerned about it.
  • Although he experienced some nerves, Kevin Smith participated in team drills for six or seven plays yesterday.
  • Brandon Pettigrew and Ko Simpson didn't participate in team drills, but they were at least on the field for individual stuff.
  • Jack Williams and Will Heller didn't practice at all, although like Delmas' injury, it was more of a precautionary thing with Heller.
  • John Niyo mentioned in his rundown of notes from yesterday that the following players practiced with the first team at linebacker and in the secondary: Zack Follett, DeAndre Levy, Julian Peterson, Chris Houston, Jonathan Wade and Jonathan Hefney (at safety). Also, Marvin White filled in for Louis Delmas at safety.

(More after the jump)

  • The only time the offense scored during a few two-minute drills yesterday was when Eric Fowler made a diving touchdown catch on a pass from Shaun Hill.
  • Cliff Avril went offside a couple times yesterday.
  • Raise your hand if this doesn't surprise you:
    Stafford zipped a strong pass at receiver Bryant Johnson down the left sideline. Johnson has his defensive back beat, but the ball went through Johnson's fingers and negated a potentially big play.
    My hand is currently in the air. I'm just saying.
  • Jahvid Best has been very impressive.
  • Jim Schwartz said that bringing kicker Justin Medlock in has nothing to do with Jason Hanson. Also, Schwartz made it sound like the Lions probably would not carry a kickoff specialist on the roster.
  • Braylon Edwards is looking forward to playing at Ford Field against the Lions on Nov. 7.
  • Mike Golic said the Lions have had the best offseason of all NFC teams. Take a look:
  • Now it looks like Minnesota's Williams Wall will get to play the entire 2010 season. Can someone just freaking make a decision one way or another about this case? Aside from the fact that they probably should have been suspended long ago, the fact that it is still being decided on is ridiculous.
  • An earthquake in Canada was felt in Michigan yesterday, including in Detroit. Between the United States' amazing win to advance in the World Cup, the amazingly long tennis match at Wimbledon that actually only finished today and the earthquake, Wednesday was just plain ridiculous.

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