Titus Young is the Lions rookie I have been most highly anticipating so hearing that he has been unable to practice since the first session has been disappointing. The news has been disappointing along the offensive line as well with Jeff Backus, Gosder Cherilus and Jason Fox all missing time due to injury. It felt like the injuries were mounting last week but this is a new week and having yesterday off seems to have done some bodies good.
The team returned to the practice field today and two of the aforementioned Lions were among the participants. From Dave Birkett:
The Detroit Lions got good news on the injury front today as offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus and receiver Titus Young returned to practice.
Young had been out since suffering a minor leg injury in the Lions’ first practice of training camp. Cherilus did not practice at all last week as he recovers from microfracture knee surgery.
The Lions open preseason play against the Cincinnati Bengals on Friday. Will the Ford Field faithful see Young and Cherilus in action? Tough to say but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Lions take a conservative approach considering one is a rookie and the other is an important body at a suddenly thin position.
One person who isn’t overly concerned with Titus Young’s lack of practice time is head coach Jim Schwartz. He was quoted by the Detroit Free Press as follows:
It’s still way early in camp. We haven’t played a preseason game. He’s done a very, very good job of staying involved and staying active with things he can do. When he’s out there, he just needs to take advantage of it.