Last week, the Lions had over 80 of their 90 rostered players attend the first week of OTAs, but Brockers was one of the most notable players absent from last Thursday’s session. According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Brockers was taking care of some “family business” at the time.
Earlier this offseason, Lions players made a statement through the NFL Players Association saying they would not show up to voluntary workouts due to COVID-19 concerns. However, it appears they worked through whatever issues were troubling them, and head coach Dan Campbell was impressed by their attendance rate.
“To me, that sends a message loud and clear that at least they’ve taken the first step,” Campbell said last Thursday. “They’ve taken the first step and that tells us as coaches, like, they are committed. This is something that they want to do, and they chose to be here because it is voluntary.”
The statuses of the other absences are still unclear. Veteran linebacker Jamie Collins was not at last week’s practice and has not shown up in any photo galleries since. Same for backup tackle Tyrell Crosby, who has been in the middle of trade rumors since after the 2021 NFL Draft.
We may know more about their statuses soon, as media—including Pride of Detroit—is expected to attend Thursday's practice session.