There were a couple big scares during the Detroit Lions’ fourth training camp practice on Sunday. Early in practice, Da’Shawn Hand went down on the first drill of the day and went straight into the locker room. A few minutes later, rookie edge defender Austin Bryant looked to be in considerable pain, as he spent a few minutes on the ground before, too, heading to the locker room and not returning.
And while it appears neither are likely to practice on Tuesday after a day off, head coach Matt Patricia seemed to alleviate concerns of a long-term injury.
“It’s going to be a day-to-day thing from that standpoint,” Patricia said on Tuesday morning. “As we evaluate it, we’ll be careful with that situation and make sure that we’re doing everything possible to get them out there when we can.”
It’s also telling that neither player has been placed on injured reserve, a positive sign that neither suffered a season-ending injury.
The injuries have left the Lions shorthanded on the defensive line, and Patricia announced that the team has brought in undrafted rookie Fred Jones—formerly of the Jets—to the roster. In a corresponding move, the Lions have released wide receiver Brandon Reilly.