The Detroit Lions will have one of their key players back in the fold for the rest of training camp. The team announced on Friday afternoon that cornerback Darius Slay has been activated from the Non-Football Injury (NFI) list.
Slay skipped out on Organized Team Activities and minicamp in the pursuit of a new contract. However, it appears he has put those desires on hold, as he reported to training camp last week. Slay was placed on the NFI list, presumably, because the Lions wanted to make sure they’re up to their conditioning standards.
“Just another tag that we’re allowed to use when we come into camp so that guys, when they report into camp, if we feel need a little more time before they’re thrown into individual drills,” head coach Matt Patricia said last week.
Damon Harrison Sr. was in the same position, but he remains on the NFI list as of Friday afternoon.
It’s unclear if Slay will be thrown right into things with Friday night’s scrimmage at Ford Field. But if he does, it will be interesting to see how his presence affects the playing time of others. Will Teez Tabor continue to work with the first team defense, or will it be Rashaan Melvin? How will this affect Amani Oruwariye’s playing time?
Time will tell, but for now, SLAY BACK!