The Lions are now three practices into training camp and top pick Ndamukong Suh remains on the sidelines. Many predicted that a deal would be quick to follow once news broke that the Rams and Sam Bradford had come to an agreement but that hasn’t been the case.
Suh and his representation appear to be on-board with receiving a lesser contract than Bradford just signed, despite their belief that Ndamukong Suh was the draft’s top player. Sam Bradford will receied $50 million guaranteed so we know that Suh will receive something less than that. The Lions may have some heartburn about giving their new defensive tackle more than the $41.7 million in guarantees that they gave Matthew Stafford just one year ago.
Two players that figure to play important roles returned to the practice field this weekend. Tight end Brandon Pettigrew and running back Kevin Smith. Smith was cleared to practice just prior to the beginning of training camp while Pettigrew spent one day on the physically unable to perform list. The other big name on the PUP list is Louis Delmas who was placed there to work on his conditioning as he works back from a groin injury that slowed him this off-season. The injury is not a concern and Delmas should see the field very soon.
The injury situation is starting to look good and hopefully Suh’s contract situation will look just as good very soon. The missed practice time should not slow Suh’s production during the season but reaching an agreement will do a lot to show the organization and fans that his post-draft talk was more than just talk.