The Detroit Lions may not have had a very successful preseason in terms of play, but they escaped the exhibition season without any major injuries. Although Josh Bynes landed on injured reserve on Sunday and Jon Bostic underwent surgery in August, the Lions managed to keep the majority of their roster fairly healthy.
That being said, a handful of Lions players have been sitting out practice for a few weeks and their availability for Sunday’s opener against the Indianapolis Colts was starting to come under question. If Monday’s practice is any sign, the Lions don’t really have much to worry about on the injury front.
According to several reports (but first reported by Justin Rogers), 52 of the Lions’ 53 players practiced on Monday, with Bostic being the only exception.
That means Eric Ebron, who had only practiced once — and in a very limited capacity — since injuring his ankle in the Lions’ Mock Game back on August 6, was back on the field.
Additionally, backup center Graham Glasgow returned to practice on Monday. Back on Aug 20, Glasgow was seen wearing a walking boot after the Lions’ second preseason game. This marks Glasgow’s first practice since then.
Finally, this also marks the return of offensive tackle Corey Robinson. Robinson has also been sidelined with an unknown injury since the second preseason game. This comes after Robinson spent the first few days of training camp on the PUP list, nursing an injury never disclosed to the public.
The health of Robinson and Glasgow could help explain the Lions’ somewhat surprising cuts of Michael Ola, Geoff Schwartz and, to a lesser extent, Gabe Ikard.
While the Lions are entering this week of practices mostly healthy, the Colts are struggling just to put together a starting squad.
No sign of Kendall Langford, Vontae Davis, Jack Mewhort, Darius Butler, Sio Moore. Clayton Geathers out here but limited.— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) September 5, 2016
The Colts and the Lions face off at 4:25 p.m. ET on Sunday.