Cowboys DE Demarcus Lawrence has his sites set on the season opener for his return to the field. Lawrence isn’t practicing as he recovers from offseason shoulder surgery to fix a torn labrum, though he did travel with the team to training camp and is doing classroom work alongside his teammates.
“I have a date in my mind when I’m going to be ready, and that’s the season opener,” Lawrence said via Pro Football Talk. “I’m not saying I’m going to overload my workload for the season opener or what they want to do with me or have me off the PUP list by the season opener, but hopefully be ready by the season opener.”
Lawrence added he’s doing well from a conditioning standpoint, but the biggest step for him will be building back strength in his repaired shoulder. In that sense, being away during training camp will put him behind, as he says it’s “really hard to play D-line when you’re not in the trenches.”
Lions DT Mike Daniels said he had 13 teams reach out, but he chose the Lions because of HC Matt Patricia.
“He’s just a genius, he really is,” Daniels said via Kyle Meinke of Mlive.com. “He understands the game of football, he knows what it takes. To be able to play for a coach like that, it means everything.”
“I always respected him, and I’ve always respected his work,” Daniels continued. “Now I thank God. I thank God I got cut, and I have an opportunity to play with a defensive genius.”
- Per Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Lions DL Da’Shawn Hand left practice early with a left arm injury. Fourth-round DE Austin Bryant also injured his right arm shortly after being activated from the NFI list.
- Birkett adds Lions DE Trey Flowers remains on the PUP list following offseason shoulder surgery, DTs Damon Harrison and Darius Kilgo are both on the NFI list, DT A’Shawn Robinson remained away for personal reasons and DT Jonathan Wynn missed his third straight practice with an undisclosed injury.
- Birkett writes the only practicing linemen on the Lions roster by the end of practice Sunday were Eric Lee, Ray Smith, Kevin Strong and P.J. Johnson.
“If I had a game I could give you, I’d give you that game,” Payton said, via NOLA.com. “Hopefully it’s earlier than later. But meanwhile, you’re counting on everyone else to step up, including the inside players.”
- Mike Garafolo mentions that Rankins figures to open the season on the PUP list, which would cost him the first six weeks of the season.