The first preaseason game of the year always has Detroit Lions fans excited to see their favorite players back on the field. But for guys like Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson, the primary goal is to simply emerge healthy. Sure, it is nice to work on things like timing against live action that isn’t wearing the same colors but the preaseason workload starts small and builds to a peak in preseason game number three.
Tony Romo didn’t play at all in the Dallas Cowboys’ opener last Sunday but Lions fans that will be in attendance at a sold out Ford Field on Friday will get a look at their starting quarterback. After practice today, Stafford said the plan is for him to a play the first couple of series.
Assuming Stafford plays two, we may only see Calvin Johnson for one as he gives way to guys like Patrick Edwards. Kris Durham and Chaz Schilens to give them an opportunity to play with Stafford.
Jim Schwartz acknowledged the fact that some players recovering from injury will be held out of action but declined to name them. That list of players will be released tomorrow. Louis Delmas indicated yesterday he didn’t know if he would play and Schwartz wouldn’t say whether Delmas will be among the group of players who will not play. Jason Jones, Chris Greenwood and Jonte Green have missed quite a bit of practice time recently so it wouldn’t be surprising if all three did not play against the Jets.
Another name to watch on that list is Ryan Broyles. He has been nearly a full participant in camp after suffering a torn ACL late last season but missed yesterday’s practice. He had some soreness but the move was called precautionary and he was back out there today. Broyles said he expects to play.