Lions Offseason 2012: Detroit Begins Mandatory Minicamp

The Detroit Lions started their mandatory minicamp on Tuesday. It will run until Thursday.

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Ndamukong Suh Comfortable Playing Multiple Positions On The Defensive Line

On Wednesday afternoon, Detroit Lions standout Ndamukong Suh appeared on SiriusXM NFL Radio and expressed his excitement about the prospects of playing at multiple positions across the defensive line. In addition, Suh made sure to point out that he isn't the only Lions D-lineman who is capable of playing in multiple spots. Via MLive.com:

"That's the great thing about our defensive line is that everyone is interchangeable," Suh said. "I can play left end, I can play right end, I can play left tackle, I can play right tackle. Corey Williams can do everything across the gamut. Lawrence Jackson is the same way. Kyle Vanden Bosch is the same way."

Detroit defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham has already made it clear that he plans to use Suh in multiple roles in the 2012 season. It seems Suh is more than ready for the challenge.

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Lions Minicamp Begins With 5 Players Sidelined By Injuries

On Tuesday morning, the Detroit Lions opened the first day of mandatory minicamp with five players sidelined due to injury. Defensive starters Stephen Tulloch and Louis Delmas both missed practice due to lower-body issues, as Tulloch has been dealing with knee tendinitis and Delmas has been working his way back from a sprained ankle. Both players are expected to be ready for the start of training camp next month.

In addition, offensive tackle Jason Fox, defensive lineman Sammie Hill and rookie cornerback Chris Greenwood all missed the first day. Fox is attempting to return from a knee surgery he underwent this past fall and is not expected to participate in minicamp.

Comment on the situation from Lions head coach Jim Schwartz via the Detroit Free Press:

"Jason's had a good off-season, but he was getting a little bit sore, so we decided to shut him down," Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. "You won't see him for the minicamp. Other guys, you'll see back."

Defensive end Cliff Avril also did not partake in practice on Tuesday but is not injured. However, he will not be subject to fines because he has yet to sign his franchise tender. He and the team have until July 16 to work out a long-term deal or he will play out the season on a one-year, $10.6 million tender.

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Ndamukong Suh Ready To Take Leadership Role With Lions

Detroit Lions' demonstrative defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is known for being one of the most ferocious players in the NFL today. Capable of taking over a game on his own, Suh's brute force is well documented. His focus on the team, however, is not. Coming into the 2012 season, the third year player is looking to change that perception.

A key component of an up-and-coming Lions team, Suh is hoping to take a leadership role with a focus on helping the younger players develop. His comments via the Detroit Free Press:

"If I see a guy that needs some help and just might need a word here or (there) just to understand a little bit better, as Coach uses some of us as starters or guys that have been here a couple years that are still young that say look at what he's doing and mimic that or whatever.

"Then I'll say, 'Yeah, this is how I got to this position, this is how I got to my position to get to where Coach likes it.' "

Although he has yet to develop into a vocal leader, Suh made it clear that he is comfortable speaking up in the future and hopes to lead through a combination of his words and actions, with an emphasis on the later.

"So I don't have a problem stepping up and saying anything," Suh said. "I'm more ... of a guy that kind of shows by example. Just being able to do it, a couple tips here and there should be fine."

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Lions OTAs: Skill Position Players Ease Themselves Back Into Action

A handful of Detroit Lions skill position players practiced, with varying degrees of intensity, in Monday's organized team activities, or OTAs.

As SB Nation Detroit noted Monday evening, running back Jahvid Best, who is recovering from a season-ending concussion sustained in Week 6 last season, took reps as the No. 1 running back. But he is but one of a slew of players working their way back into action.

Rookie receiver Ryan Broyles, the team's second-round pick, is recovering from a torn ACL that cut short his senior season at Oklahoma. Even so, he ran routes with receivers on Monday, according to the Detroit Free Press.

From the Free Press:

...Broyles got some rare personal attention in a side session with the quarterbacks and offensive coordinator Scott Linehan. Broyles caught passes from Matthew Stafford as Linehan broke down routes and techniques for him.

"Man, they don't want me to do as much out there, so they want to pull me to the side," Broyles said. "So I don't think it was any special treatment. I was just going through a couple routes and getting the feel of the quarterback, so I'm glad I got the one-on-one attention."

Running back Mikel Leshoure, who is recovering form an Achilles injury (and nagging off-the-field issues) practiced as well, according to this ESPN.com blog post.

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Lions OTAs: Jahvid Best Gets First-String Reps

Jahvid Best suffered a season-ending concussion in Week 6 last year against the San Francisco 49ers and beyond that there were even questions whether or not it might jeopardize the rest of his career. For now, Best assures that he'll be back in 2012 and he has permission to be participating in regular work outs, but prolonging concerns are valid.

On Monday at OTAs, Jahvid Best was present and taking all of his reps at running back with the first string:

The key words are "no contact yet," which will be the real test. But the fact that Best is ready to get back into action is encouraging nonetheless.

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Lions Take New Approach In First Full Workout

The Detroit Lions opened their offseason organized team activities on Monday morning.

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Lions LB Stephen Tulloch To Miss All May OTAs With Knee Tendinitis

Detroit Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch is set to miss all May OTAs with the team due to tendinitis in his knee. For more on the Lions, go to Pride of Detroit.

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