(ALLEN PARK, MI) – The Detroit Lions held three practices this week in full pads in advance of their trip to Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA, next week for a joint training camp with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Lions will be in Latrobe August 9 and 10.
That’s why I was trying to get you to clarify what you mean. Unless you’re telling me that we’re not scrimmaging now the last couple times you’ve seen us in pads.
The practices got heated as players fight for starting positions in Detroit.
“You don’t make any judgments the first day you’re in pads, or the second day you’re in pads. We got a long way to go,” Lions head coach Jim Caldwell said. “But, what you hope to see is guys get a little bit better, even better today than they were yesterday. Some guys had their head handed to them on a couple plays, and we’ll see how they do today when we take a look at the film.”
Tackle Corey Robinson was removed from the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list earlier in the week, and have waived the injured WR Ryan Spadola, who had been the Injured/Reserve list due to a torn pectoralis.
“Theo (Riddick) is coming,” Caldwell said. “(Robinson) was really making some good progress in the spring, then he got his injury. We’re looking forward to getting him out there rolling here shortly, were progressing into things, but I’m excited about it.”
Detroit also removed S Don Carey from Active/Non-Football Injury.
“It’s great to have him back because he’s a guy with a lot of experience for us, really our special teams unit,” Caldwell enthused. “He’s certainly been a guy who has been extremely effective year in and year out. He does a tremendous job and he does a lot of jobs for us in the perimeter.”
Leaving the Lions is LB Dominique Tovell. Joining the Tabbies is undrafted rookie free agent LB Raphael Kirby. Detroit also re-signed R Damian Copeland.
Kirby comes to the Lions after four years at the University of Miami. During his time at Miami, Kirby made 124 tackles, one sack, a fumble recovery, and two interceptions while appearing in 39 games.
Copeland was originally signed during the off-season and previously spent two seasons with Jacksonville on the Injured Reserve.
Before heading to Latrobe, the Lions will hold a mock game at Ford Field on Saturday.
“It’s always on Hall of Fame weekend, it’s Saturday morning,” said Caldwell. “This year it will be at Ford Field, last year it was (at Allen Park), so yeah we do go through the mock game, but it’s not necessarily what you mean by scrimmage. You know, we go through different situations, but it’s not all-out tackling, or anything of that nature. It really gives us more of a game day type feel. You know, it’s going to be fun and I understand there’s a pretty large number of fans that are going to be there too, so it should be a great day.”