The Detroit Lions took training camp to Ford Field on Wednesday for a night practice. There were 4,488 fans in attendance for the practice, which gave the team a chance to get acclimated to Ford Field in advance of Saturday's preseason opener against the Cleveland Browns.
Here's a look at some notes from Wednesday's practice:
- As reported earlier, Eric Ebron missed practice with an unknown injury. On a positive note, Michael Williams returned to practice after missing nearly a week with an injury of his own.
- Ziggy Ansah is still on the PUP list, but he took part in stretching prior to Wednesday's practice.
- It's unclear if this was injury related or not, but Cory Greenwood was excused from practice by Jim Caldwell.
- Darren Keyton suffered an injury to his right elbow during practice.
- Dan Orlovsky did not have a good practice, to say the least.
Bill Bentley with a near pick on Dan Orlovsky. Lazy throw by Orlovsky and Bentley has to catch those. Too few turnovers last year.— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) August 7, 2014
Ashlee Palmer with a pick on a ball thrown by Orlovsky. Could have been a mixup of some kind. Palmer looked like intended receiver.— Mike O'Hara (@MikeOHaraNFL) August 7, 2014
I have to say Orlovsky looked unimpressive on that 7-on-7 drill. Threw a bad INT to Palmer and another off-the-mark throw to Ross— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) August 7, 2014
Orlovsky throws yet another pick. Cassius Vaughn grabs the can of corn fade at the goal line.— Jeff Risdon (@JeffRisdon) August 7, 2014
- Matthew Stafford found Theo Riddick for a touchdown during Wednesday's practice.
- Note to the offense: Don't try to run in Ndamukong Suh's direction when down by the goal line.
For those keeping score, Ndamukong Suh just had a safety "tackling" Leshoure in the end zone.— Josh Katzenstein (@jkatzenstein) August 7, 2014
- Chris Greenwood stood out for a good play he made on Golden Tate.
Chris Greenwood with a nice diving swat on a pass from Stafford intended for Tate in the end zone. Even Tate gave him a five for that play.— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) August 7, 2014
- Tim Twentyman reports that the second-team secondary was made up of Greenwood, Cassius Vaughn and Nevin Lawson at cornerback and DeJon Gomes and Don Carey at safety.
- Carey nearly became the latest player to get run over by George Winn, but he managed to take Winn down with him for the tackle, according to Josh Katzenstein.
- Wednesday's practice came to a close with a nice play by Aaron Hester.
On last play of the night, Aaron Hester breaks up pass in EZ and pops Patrick Edwards' helmet off. #Lions— Josh Katzenstein (@jkatzenstein) August 7, 2014
- The Lions had Nate Freese and Giorgio Tavecchio handling kickoff duties during Wednesday's practice.
Freese and Tavecchio did some kickoff work tonight and Freese definitely has the stronger leg for kickoffs.— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) August 6, 2014
- For field goals, Freese and Tavecchio each attempted five kicks (from 30, 35, 40, 45 and 47 yards out), according to Mike O'Hara. Freese made all five of his attempts, and Tavecchio made his first four kicks. Tavecchio's final kick, however, bounced off the right upright and was no good, giving him his first miss in quite some time.
- Sam Martin is quite good.
Sam Martin's three punts so far: 58 yards, 59 yards, 60 yards. #Lions— Josh Katzenstein (@jkatzenstein) August 6, 2014
- As part of their "sustainability initiative" with REPREVE, the Lions painted their goal posts green for Wednesday's practice. The goal posts are actually going to be replaced with new, taller goal posts before Saturday's game. The new ones will be the usual yellow color, and the green ones will be repainted and donated to Detroit Cody High School, according to Twentyman.