By now, everyone knows that injury issues have begun to set in for the Detroit Lions even though it is still early in the 2014 season. Although there were a number of players who were limited in practice today and three players who didn’t practice at all. The Lions still began preparation for their Sunday match-up against their divisional rival the Green Bay Packers, with some good news to celebrate.
Now I know when you think of a list like “limited participation,” you don’t typically find many bright spots to talk about. However, in this case of the Lions, I think it’s safe to say that the obvious bright spot on the list of players who were limited in practice, is safety James Ihedigbo, who was originally not practicing at all but was able partially participate in practice on Wednesday
“It’s day to day, it truly is, I want to be out there so bad. And my teammates want my support.’’ Ihedigbo said. “It’s me being the best I can be and close to 100 percent to play the way I play on the field. If I can’t do that I’m no good to my teammates, I’m a hindrance.’’
While I don’t think Ihedigbo would be a hindrance if he were to play this week against Green Bay. I’m sure the Lions feels good knowing that they can take their time with Ihedigbo and count on safety Isa Abdul-Quddus, who has played well and started in Ihedigbo’s spot so far this season.
“Isa has filled in and he’s playing great ball, he just has to keep that up,’’ Ihedigbo continued. “And Glover (Quin) is being Glover. When I’m ready I can’t wait, I cannot. I know Lions fans can’t wait. Trust me I cannot wait to get back on the field.’’
The good news doesn’t stop at Ihedigbo’s progression. Lions fans will also be happy to know that safety Don Carey was back on the practice field Wednesday, after missing the first two games because of a hamstring injury.
Although this was his first full practice back, if Carey can return this weekend against Green Bay, there is no doubt that he would help to provide a nice boost to both the secondary and special teams. At 5-foot-11 and 189 pounds, Carey has always been a good special teams player and when you add that with the fact that he has the versatility to play the nick-back position, if needed, despite his natural position being safety. It’s almost a no-brainer that he could boost the overall depth and play of the secondary.
Defensive end Ziggy Ansah (knee), linebacker Travis Lewis (quad) and right tackle LaAdrian Waddle (calf) were all held out of practice on Wednesday.
Those who were limited in practice include: running back Joique Bell (knee), defensive tackle Nick Fairley (biceps), defensive end George Johnson (groin), fullback Montell Owens (hamstring) and cornerback Cassius Vaughn (ankle).
Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Editor of Radio One Detroit
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