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Rookie receiver Ryan Broyles on the field for Lions first OTA practice

Posted by ttwentyman on May 21, 2012 – 5:10 pm

There were little expectations that receiver Ryan Broyles would be a participant in Organized Team Activity practices this week only five months removed from ACL surgery in his left knee.

But there he was Monday, catching passes from quarterback Matthew Stafford and taking part in individual drills.

“You guys (media) have a lot more preconceived notions of where guys are than we do,” Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said when asked about Broyles’ participation after Monday’s practice.

“Every thing he does is part of a structured progression. He’s doing some individual stuff. He’s doing a little different pace than the rest of the guys. He’s still not full speed. He did some individual routes with the quarterbacks.”

Broyles was a spectator at last week’s rookie mini-camp and there was some question as to actually how much the Lions’ second-round pick was going to be able to participate in practice before training camp.

“You are not going to see him competing against any defensive backs and things like that, but we’ll start increasing his workload and increase his workload based on how his body feels.

“We sort of take each day as a new day with no real preconceived notions with him. He’s had a very good rehab. He’s doing very, very well and we’re expecting a contribution from him this year.”

Broyles is hopeful he’ll be 100 percent by training camp and fully expects to be in the lineup Week 1 against the Rams.


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Report: Young not a participant in Monday’s OTA because of fight with teammate

Posted by ttwentyman on May 21, 2012 – 1:30 pm

Lions wide receiver Titus Young was one of four Lions who missed the first Organized Team Activity practice Monday after he punched safety Louis Delmas during workouts last week, according to reports.

“I’m not going to be commenting on which guys are here and which guys aren’t,” Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said after Monday’s OTA. “They are all accounted for. We are aware of the reason each one person is not here and not participating and we’ll work through those things as we go.”

Along with Young, safety Amari Spievey and linebackers Stephen Tulloch and DeAndre Levy did not take part in Monday’s workout.

Schwartz said Tulloch will not participate in workouts through May after receiving an injection for some tendinitis in his knee.

It’s unknown why Levy and Spievey did not practice.

Defensive end Cliff Avril was also absent, but that was expected as he remains without a long-term contract he’s been seeking since the end of the season.


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