The Detroit Lions kick off rookie minicamp on Friday, but it appears they will be without their biggest attraction.
Former Oregon offensive tackle and Lions first-round pick Penei Sewell announced on Twitter that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss this weekend’s set of practice.
“Found out this past weekend I tested positive for COVID,” Sewell tweeted. “Really wish I was heading to my new home today and able to be at mini-camp with my new teammates and coaches. Look forward to getting out to the D as soon as I’m cleared!”
It’s a minor blow to Sewell’s rookie year. Obviously, practices at rookie minicamp aren’t fully padded or anything like a regular season practice. However, it would have been the first opportunity for Detroit’s future right tackle to practice face-to-face with coaches, absorb information directly from them, and get used to a normal-ish day inside the Lions’ Allen Park facilities.
Detroit’s rookie minicamp is scheduled to run from Friday, May 14 to Sunday, May 16.
We wish Sewell a speedy recovery and hope he can get out there on the practice field as soon as possible.