The Detroit Lions closed out training camp on a windy Saturday morning. The team decided to ramp up the intensity after a Friday padless practice, switching the format of practice to a scrimmage with live tackling.
Unfortunately, the entire team wasn’t available to take part in what will likely be the Lions’ most intense practice before their Week 1 bout with the Chicago Bears. So here’s a look at the Lions’ injury report from Saturday.
Note: There is no official injury report until the week of Detroit’s season opener. All of these designations are based on my own personal observations from practice.
Did not practice
RB D’Andre Swift
RB Bo Scarbrough
FB Nick Bawden
TE Hunter Bryant
CB Mike Ford
LB Austin Bryant (PUP)
It was pretty much the same crew it has been over the past couple practices with one new addition: Mike Ford. The cornerback injured himself late in Friday’s practice, and although the initial reports from the media seemed worrisome, head coach Matt Patricia seemed to imply it was a minor ankle twist.
“Mike Ford rolled his ankle a little bit yesterday,” Patricia said before Saturday’s practice. “He’s just tender today, so I’m just going to hold him out and get him back here for the start of next week.”
One of the bigger concerns among this group is D’Andre Swift, who has been held out for over a week now. Both he and Scarbrough were seen jogging back and forth during practice, so they are at least getting closer to a return.
Austin Bryant is still on the Physically Unable to Perform list, but he, too, was jogging the length of the field that wasn’t being used for scrimmage.
Only individual drills
DL Da’Shawn Hand
Prior to practice, Patricia said Hand would be out of practice, but the defensive lineman went through most individual drills before the scrimmage started.
Hand has missed the previous two practices with an undisclosed injury.
In-and-out of lineup
DE Trey Flowers
LT Taylor Decker
Decker played for almost the entire scrimmage, but got some rest late in practice. He’s been getting some maintenance time for the past week, so there doesn’t seem to be a serious injury concern here.
Flowers didn’t play quite as much—mostly ceding his playing time to Romeo Okwara. Like Decker, he’s been in and out of the lineup for the past few days.
Injured in practice
CB Tony McRae
On the second-to-last rep of practice, McRae went down with a left leg injury. It took him a while to get up, and he was able to walk off with a heavy limp under his own power. McRae has had a strong week of camp, so let’s hope this is only a minor setback for the team’s potential backup nickelback and special teams contributor.