The Detroit Lions survived their first scare of the 2018 training camp season.
Saturday morning, wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. went down on the field after colliding with cornerback DeShawn Shead on a deep pass. Jones stayed down on the ground for a while, and sat out the remaining portion of practice.
But on Sunday, when the team took the field for their first padded practice, Jones was right out there with them, practicing in full beside his teammates.
“He’s good, he’s fine,” head coach Matt Patricia said before Sunday’s practice. “We’re always a little bit cautious the day after, we’ve been kind of working a lot of days in a row here from that standpoint. So any sort of situation where a guy maybe feels something or is dinged up or whatever it is, anything along those lines, we’re always going to be a bit cautious, because we know we have a lot of consecutive days in a row.”
But if the Lions were being cautious with Jones, it didn’t show on Sunday. Jones didn’t miss a rep, and it didn’t matter if it was a walkthrough drill or a full-contact drill, Jones was out there with the first team, like he has been in previous practices.
But it wasn’t all good news from Allen Park on Sunday. A little over halfway through practice, running back LeGarrette Blount walked off the field with a trainer and did not return. There was no visible limp, nor was Blount favoring any part of his body.
Throughout the first few practices, Blount was the only running back consistently getting first-team reps. After Blount went down, it was mostly Theo Riddick who was with first stringers.