The Detroit Lions appear to be thin on talent at cornerback, counting on veteran Rashean Mathis and second-year pro Darius Slay to be starters.
It caused a bit of a scare Monday when projected starting cornerback Darius Slay left practice accompanied by a trainer.
Martin Mayhew declined to say whether the Lions would have handled the draft differently had they know Houston would not be an option.
Working with the first team as Houston recovers from a toe injury, Slay is ready to play like he’s the man.
Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is active against the New York Giants.
“Still being evaluated,” head coach Jim Schwartz said. “We’ll just see where that takes us. It was sort of a freak thing.”
Many big, strong, manly football players do yoga, including superstar wide receiver Calvin Johnson, and almost all of them – yes, Burleson included – initially resisted taking up the practice.
Far from being resentful of his declining status, the 33-year-old Mathis takes care to build up his young teammates.
Asked how he can get players to play the ball instead of the receiver, Cunningham – a 44-year coaching veteran – laughs, and there is a measure of scorn in the sound.
The Detroit Lions plan on safety Louis Delmas being ready to go this fall, his knee all healed up from the issues that forced him to have surgery before last season and that made him miss eight games in 2012.
Then again, the Lions are also readying themselves for the possibility Delmas will not be available.