Scanning the Savanna: Lions ban beat writers from “Live-Tweeting” practices


Let’s catch up with the news from the last two days of practice and see what has been going on with the Detroit Lions. To the bullets…

  • Titus Young missed his second day of practice in a row on Monday. Sunday he missed practice because of soreness, but Monday head coach Jim Schwartz said, “We sat [Young] out. Today didn’t have anything to do with injuries.” A common trend throughout this year’s training camp is that Schwartz has been giving players days off in order to combat unwanted injuries. There is a good chance this is what happened. Schwartz admitted that Young received an excused absence from practice during post-practice interviews Monday.
  • Other players who missed practice today included safeties Louis Delmas and Don Carey, corner back Chris Greenwood, defensive tackles Sammie Hill, Corey Williams and Andre Fluellen, linebacker Travis Lewis, tight end Nathan Overbay and running backs Stefan Logan and Jahvid Best. According to Anwar Richardson, Logan was able to run sprints with a trainer during Monday’s practice. Cornerback Ross Weaver was injured while practicing and limped off of the practice field. Chris McCosky believes that Weaver suffered a cramp.
  • Anwar Richardson reported from his Twitter account Monday that former Lions defensive back Aaron Berry received a three game suspension from the NFL. However, the Lions are still waiting on the NFL to hand out a suspension to defensive tackle Nick Fairley who was involved in two separate incidents this offseason. I’m actually kind of surprised that Berry hasn’t been picked up by a team willing to wait out his suspension. Not to mention three games is pretty cheap for a guy who was arrested twice, one arrest involved a firearm.
  • Longtime veteran defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch was able to participate in individual drills today, which is a good sign because he has been unable to participate in any part of practice the last couple of weeks.
  • On Sunday, safety Sean Jones, who was sort of a liability against the Baltimore Ravens last Friday, practiced while wearing a big brace on his left knee, under his compression pants, wrote Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press from his Twitter account.
  • John Kreger reported via his Twitter account that rookie offensive tackle Riley Reiff took reps at guard again today. He has been taking snaps as a guard the past couple of practices and it is a sign indicating that he will be both versatile for the Lions this year, but also helpful in case a key player like Rob Sims or Stephen Peterman ever goes down due to injury.
  • Schwartz is still maintaining that safety Louis Delmas is on a week-to-week basis and not a day-to-day basis as far as the young playmaker’s ability to return from his injury goes. It is doubtful that he even plays a single down during the preseason.
  • Second-year running back Mikel Leshoure was able to practice for the first time this fall while wearing shoulder signs, which is a great sign that he is progressing well toward playing sometime during the preseason.
  • On Sunday, rookie defensive back Bill Bentley worked with the first-team defense in seven-on-seven drills in place of Jacob Lacey, who went back to the nickel spot.
  • Former Detroit Lions head coach Steve Mariucci talked about Jahvid Best’s struggles with concussions on The Huge Show last week.
  • The Lions have banned all beat writers from live-Tweeting practices during the regular season which means the little details we have been getting throughout training camp will no longer come in waves like they previously have been. Schwartz likes to play things close to the vest and I am actually surprised he didn’t employ this ban during training camp… check out what the writers had to say: