Detroit Lions defensive back Drayton Florence hopes to get back on the practice field next Wednesday as he attempts to return from a broken forearm he suffered during Week 2 against the San Francisco 49ers. The Lions placed Florence on the injured list and used a designation that allows him to return this season, but he will not be eligible to play until Nov. 18 against the Green Bay Packers, per league rules.
The veteran cornerback called the team's general manager after his successful surgery and emphasized his desire to get back on the field, and Florence is glad the process is going to be set in motion very soon, via MLive.com:
"I told [Lions GM Martin Mayhew] I was ready to go. I just don't like being out, missing time, especially when you feel like you can help. It's just frustrating not being out there, but I used my time that I've been out to study and learn the defense. It's kind of helping me a little bit."
Detroit secondary currently ranks No. 6 in defending the pass, but it also ranks dead last with just two interceptions collected on the year – in contrast to eight touchdown passes allowed.
The Lions take on the Seattle Seahawks in Week 8.