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Darius Slay fine after giving Lions injury scare

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Cornerback Darius Slay had the Detroit Lions holding their collective breath after going down with an injury on Monday morning, but he appears to be fine.

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Cornerback Darius Slay is still quite unproven, but he's one of the Detroit Lions' most important players going into the 2014 season. After releasing Chris Houston in June, the Lions are banking on Slay being much better in his second season in the NFL, and they are banking on the cornerback position being much improved as a result.

With Slay viewed as such a valuable player at cornerback, he's near the top of the list of players who the Lions can't afford to get injured. That's why there was such concern on Monday morning when this happened:

Slay went inside the Lions' facility to be examined, and he came back out a short time later without his helmet. That was an indication that he was done practicing for the day, but according to Justin Rogers, Slay didn't have any "signs of tape or ice" when he returned. That was a sign that his injury wasn't serious, and Slay basically said as much after practice.

In case you need additional evidence that Slay is okay, there's this:

This looks like an injury scare more than anything, which is great news for the Lions. With the preseason about to begin, this is an important time for Slay's development, and the last thing they need is for him to miss time with a shoulder or neck injury. Hopefully Slay's initial assessment on Monday will turn out to be accurate and he will in fact be on the practice field on Tuesday.

UPDATE: Here's what Jim Caldwell had to say about Slay after practice: