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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