After two days off from practice, the Detroit Lions returned to Allen Park for a rainy day of practice. Unsurprisingly, after a couple days off the Lions had fuller participation than Sunday. We saw a couple new faces in team drills for the first time all camp, a few sitting out, and some shaking up of the depth charts throughout the roster.
Here’s an overview of the Lions’ Day 7 training camp participation report.
(Note: There is no official injury report during training camp. This is all based on observations directly from Allen Park.)
TE Hunter Bryant
LB Austin Bryant (PUP)
The only player that was out for the entirety for practice was tight end Hunter Bryant, who suffered a lower-leg injury during Saturday’s practice. Bryant was actually out there during warmups, but afterwards, he immediately headed back inside the facility with a noticeable limp.
Austin Bryant remains on the Physically Unable to Perform list. Obviously, he has not practiced since the opening of training camp.
Didn’t do much
RB D’Andre Swift
RB Bo Scarbrough
Both running backs were out there with the team, but hardly did anything during individual drills and did not participate in any team drills. Swift has been out since Friday, while Scarbrough hasn’t practiced fully since suffering an injury last Tuesday.
As it has been for the past couple days, Kerryon Johnson and Ty Johnson were the two that split first-team reps in Swift and Scarbrough’s absence.
No team drills
G Joe Dahl
DE Trey Flowers
Head coach Matt Patricia noted before practice that Joe Dahl was not going to be out there. Turns out, he was, but he only went through individual and positional drills. Once it was offense vs. defense, he was replaced by Oday Aboushi as the first-team left guard.
Trey Flowers also did not participate in team drills on Wednesday. Romeo Okwara was repping with the first team, as newly-signed Will Clarke spent time with the second team.
Returning to team action
TE Isaac Nauta
FB Nick Bawden
C Beau Benzschawel
CB Desmond Trufant
RB Jason Huntley
For the first time I’ve seen all camp, Nauta, Bawden and Benzschawel participated in team drills.
It was good timing for Nauta, as he rejoins the competition at tight end to pick up where Hunter Bryant left off. However, Nauta did not appear to take any reps at fullback, in case you thought he may enter the competition there.
Speaking of fullback, Nick Bawden saw some sporadic action in team drills for the first time this training camp. He split time with linebacker-turned-fullback Jason Cabinda. At one point in practice, Bawden pancaked linebacker Elijah Lee and got in his face afterwards, so I think it’s safe to say he was excited to be back.
To close things out, Beau Benzschawel finally got some team reps on Wednesday, and re-assumed his position as the backup center. Previously, rookie Logan Stenberg had been repping as the second-team center, but with Benzschawel back, Stenberg slid one spot over to left guard.
Desmond Trufant was back to getting first-team reps during full team drills after taking a couple of days off from 11-on-11s. He repped with both Amani Oruwariye and Jeff Okudah, as the two split time as the right outside cornerback.
As for Huntley, he was absent from team practice on Sunday. While nothing has been confirmed by the team, it seems likely he was the one player who had a false positive test for COVID-19 over the weekend.