The Detroit Lions finally got some good injury news on Friday after a month of bad injury after bad injury.
Safety Tracy Walker made his return to practice on Friday, making it the first time he has practiced since suffering a knee injury in Week 8’s game against the New York Giants.
Since that injury, the Lions have been hurting at safety. Just prior to it, Detroit traded away veteran and team captain Quandre Diggs. Then soon after Walker’s injury, Miles Killebrew suffered a concussion in practice, Tavon Wilson has missed snaps here and there with various injuries, and rookie Will Harris popped up on the injury report this week with a quad injury.
Walker’s status for Sunday remains up in the air, but the second-year safety looked very active in the individual portion of Friday’s practice. He didn’t appear to skip any drills and his mobility looked pretty good.
It’s worth noting, too, that this was the first outdoor practice of the week. Lions head coach Matt Patricia has noted several times that he prefers practicing outdoors because it’s easier on the joints of the players.
“We’ve been on the turf the last couple of days and some guys are a little bit sore, so we’ll try to get on the grass,” Patricia said before Friday’s practice. “A little bit of a wind, but other than that, should be okay.”
Of course, the Lions will play indoors this week as they host the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. We’ll have to wait until around 4 p.m. ET on Friday to see how likely it is for Walker to make his return.