The Detroit Lions kicked off their Spring Organized Team Activities (OTA) this week, and on Thursday the media gained access to volunteering for the first time. As usual, coach Dan Campbell met with the media before training and provided updated information on several players who are currently suffering from injuries.
Let’s take a look at which players have been approached.
Jeff Okudah, Achilles
We saw Okudah post videos of his recovery process during the off-season as well Lions posted pictures of him on the pitch wearing a helmet after Wednesday’s OTA practice, suggesting he was on the verge of returning from injury.
On Thursday, Campbell confirmed Okudah was indeed on the pitch and available on OTA, but for the time being he was still limited to doing single drills.
Romeo Okwara, Achilles
Okwara is not as far away in recovery as Okudah, but Campbell has mentioned that he is “progressing” in rehabilitation.
“We’ll see,” Campbell said when they expect Okwara and Okudah to contribute. “Honestly, it’s hard to put a timeline on it. We’ll see what they look like when we bring them to camp and see what the next month of recovery will do for them. So then we’ll make that assessment. “
Jerry Jacobs, ACL
Earlier in May, Jacobs suggested that he was ahead of his rehabilitation schedule, and although Campbell did not provide a schedule, he noted that he “is doing well.”
Jameson Williams, ACL
At last week’s beginner’s mini camp, Campbell shared some information about Williams’ injury:
“Yes, he has already asked about pot making,” Campbell said. – Is not good. We’re watching him now. (Head Athletics Coach) Kevin Bastin was with him a bit yesterday, him and James Mitchell. They both quit the ACL. They are there, watching, and when it’s over, we make them do a few things just to see where they are. We don’t have them involved, that’s not the point. But mentally they are very committed. “
On Thursday, Campbell noted that little has changed since last week’s mini-beginner camp, other than that it is “a week better” than it was.
Taylor Decker, undisclosed
Campbell avoided Decker injuries but explained it was a new injury and not a transfer from last season – during the Lions Decker season finale injured his foot.
Campbell noted that the injury wasn’t significant enough to prevent him from playing if they played this week, but they didn’t want to do it this time of year. So they were “smart with him” and he is not going to practice OTA now. Even though the OTAs are voluntary, Decker is in the building with the team and participates in other ways.