Quintez Cephus went down with an injury during Tuesday’s practice, but he appears to have avoided a major injury.
Head coach Dan Campbell was sure to offer an update on Cephus before Wedneday morning’s practice, and he did.
"I think he’ll be okay,” Campbell said. “It was much more optimistic once we got him in, got an image. Looks like he’ll be down for—we feel like—a short period of time. But I think he’s going to be okay.”"
During a one-on-one drill, Cephus collided with cornerback Jeff Okudah and both went to the ground. Cephus stayed down for several minutes, and had to be helped off the field.
Campbell added that Cephus did not suffer any sort of injury to his knee.
Lions: Quintez Cephus avoided a major injury
It certainly could have been a lot worse for Cephus. With no update coming immediately after he left the practice field (no media availability for Campbell), it was easy to hope for the best but also be prepared for the worst. As it is right now, it looks like he won’t miss much practice time.
Any missed time is not ideal for Cephus, as he battles for a reserve receiver role during camp and the preseason. But a few days, or even a week, isn’t so bad compared to what could have been. It feels like he can tentatively be penciled in to play when the Lions open their preseason against the Atlanta Falcons on Aug. 12.
The Lions covered their bases for Cephus’ absence, if only for receiver depth to get through some practices, signing USFL wide receiver Maurice Alexander on Wednesday and waiving injured running back Greg Bell.