Jeff Riger: News and Notes From Lions Practice
The Lions and head coach Jim Schwartz were quick to squash reports that rookie receiver Titus Yong had reinjured his hamstring. After practice, Schwartz said, “he took 34 (reps) today and as soon as he is done we are going to ice it. I think he’s OK.” Also on the injury watch is running back Jahvid Best who once again did not see practice time after suffering an apparent concussion on Friday night. Schwartz would not comment on various medical tests ran on Best but he did say that he expects the California alum back very soon.
As for non-injury related issues, safety Louis Delmas is excited to get a chance to face Patriots quarterback Tom Brady Saturday night at Ford Field. Delmas spent many minutes complimenting Brady and then said, “you are going to respect a player like that, but at the end of the day we are both getting paid to do what we do and I’m going to do the best I can to bring him down and he is going to do the best he can to make me look bad. May the best man win.”
There was also much talk about the NFL’s new kickoff rule where the ball is kicked from the 35 yard like instead of the 30. Schwartz said, “when player safety is the reason you can’t really argue with it, you have to find a way to work it.” Of course there is so much discussion about the new rule because the Lions have a very good return man in Stephan Logan who admitted to the media that he has the green light to try and run any kick he receives. Logan claimed ” on kickoff returns it’s a longer run, so instead of going 105 (yards) I have to go 106, 107, 108 which is good for me because it’s (extra) cardio and those guys are going to block for me because when they look back and see number 11, (his number) they are like hey, as long as we get on our guy and get out of the way, he is going to make something happen.”
The Lions continue preparation for their third preseason game Saturday night against the Patriots. Listen to the game starting at 7 p.m. on 97.1 “The Ticket.” Watch the Logan, Schwartz and Delmas videos below to get the entire story.