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Lions receiver Ryan Broyles 'ready to go,' offensive coordinator Scott Linehan says
Chris McCosky
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September 19, 2013 at 5:59 pm

Allen Park — As the media surrounded receiver Ryan Broyles on Wednesday, Nate Burleson poked his head in and said, “Take my word for it — Broyles is ready.”

It sure seems like it. Broyles has been working his way back from ACL surgery — his second in two years, one on each leg — since December. He says he’s ready. Burleson says he’s ready. And on Thursday, offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said he was ready.

Whether coach Jim Schwartz is ready to activate him won’t be determined until Saturday.

“This is a big week,” Linehan said. “With Pat (Edwards, receiver) banged up a little bit right now, Ryan has stepped up his role and his reps this week. He’s definitely close, and if called upon, he’s ready.”

Edwards, primarily an outside receiver, injured his ankle early against Arizona last weekend and hasn’t practiced all week. Broyles is primarily a slot receiver, but if he is active, the Lions can move Burleson to the outside.

“We have a little more depth there than you are giving those other guys credit for,” Linehan said. “(Broyles) doesn’t have to play every down. He’s going to be called on either to spell Nate (in the slot) or we can move Nate around if we need to.”

Broyles doesn’t care how or how much he’s used; he just wants to play.

“During the preseason, I probably played 10 snaps a game so they definitely could control my snaps,” he said. “Now if you’re up, they expect you to be out there all game. They’ve got to throw me out there to see if I’m ready.”

He said he knows he’s not ready to play 30 or 40 snaps in a game, but believes he is close to full strength.

“My time’s coming, though,” he said. “I’m going repetition after repetition (in practice), so I have done everything and I am gaining speed to this point.”

Receiver Calvin Johnson is looking forward to Broyles getting back on the field, too. It’s another weapon the defenses have to worry about.

“Broyles, he’s real savvy for a young guy in the slot,” Johnson said. “He started to come along last year before he got hurt, so it sucked to see him get hurt last year. Hopefully when he gets back in the game, he’ll pick up where he left off.”

Broyles’ ability to find open spaces in coverage would be valuable this week. The Redskins like to blitz, and that leaves receivers in man coverage.

“If he’s killing it in the slot, I don’t know how much it will help me,” Johnson said. “I don’t know if they’ll actually move the safeties. But we’re going to have single-high safeties, so we’re going to have opportunities. As long as he’s doing his job, he can help us win.”

There is, Broyles said, a mental hurdle he still needs to clear, but he won’t be able to do that until he gets on the field, gets the adrenaline pumping and takes those first few hits.

“I do more probably in therapy than I do on the football field,” he said. “You prepare yourself off the field and then once you get your shot on the field, it’s almost secondary. I really don’t think about it (the injury) at all.”

Broyles, who had his first ACL surgery Nov. 24, 2011, was active for the first time in Week 3 last season and didn’t see any significant playing time until Burleson broke his leg in Chicago in Week 7.

“I don’t know for sure, but he might be further along this year,” Linehan said. “He’s ready to go.”

Linehan said the coaches and the medical staff have walked the line between not easing Broyles in and not rushing him back. But he has progressed so much in the last couple of weeks, there doesn’t seem to be physical reason to hold him back.

“He’s chomping the bit,” Linehan said. “He’s a true competitor and he wants to be out there. But he also knows that there has been a plan and he’s been through it. He’s been on track the same way, but the last two weeks he’s looked more and more like he’s ready to go.”


From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/2013 ... z2fRbRr9kp
Regardless of Edwards' status for the game, I hope Broyles is active.

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We need this game, but we also cant afford to rush back Broyles or Bush if another week helps, and if either comes back and gets re-injured in this game, it will help guarantee a sucky season instead of it just being an assumption.


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Practice Report: RB Reggie Bush back
September, 20, 2013
By Michael Rothstein | ESPN.com

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- After missing practice the past two days, Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush returned to the field Friday -- just as he said he would when he spoke to the media Thursday.

Bush participated in drills during the open portion of practice. That he was out there and moving around fairly well bodes well for his chances to play Sunday.

He wasn't the only player to return for the Lions on Friday. Safety Don Carey (hamstring) and linebacker Ashlee Palmer (ankle) also were back at practice.

In another good sign, defensive tackle Nick Fairley practiced for the third straight day.

Right tackle Jason Fox (groin), wide receiver Patrick Edwards (ankle) and safety Louis Delmas (knee) were not at practice Friday. Defensive end Jason Jones (knee) was there but didn't have his helmet, so he wasn't practicing.

Jones and Delmas missing Friday practices is the norm. Fox and Edwards have not practiced all week, and Edwards told me Thursday he wasn't sure if he was going to be playing Sunday.

If he doesn't go, expect to see more of Kris Durham and Ryan Broyles, who hasn't been active all season.

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Double Coverage: Lions at Redskins
September, 19, 2013
By John Keim and Michael Rothstein | ESPN.com

The Washington Redskins are dangerously close to letting yet another season of big expectations stumble into one of grand disappointment. And the season is only two games old.

If this isn’t a must-win for them, it’s awfully close. The Detroit Lions need a win after a close loss to Arizona -- and to rebound from their disappointing season a year ago. A 1-2 start will not help restore confidence in the Motor City.

Should we mention that Detroit has never won in Washington? The Lions are 0-21 in the nation’s capital (and its suburbs).

ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim and ESPN Lions reporter Michael Rothstein break down the key elements to this matchup.

Keim: Why don’t we start up front defensively because that seems to be the Lions strength. The focus on Suh often centers on his extracurricular activities, but how well has he played and why is this unit strong up front?

Rothstein: John, he's been nothing short of dominant thus far. While he may not have the statistics to back that up, his disruption has been the reason for both of linebacker DeAndre Levy's interceptions and he commands a presence in the middle of the defensive line that must be accounted for. Unfortunately for Suh, even in talking about his dominance, his other transgressions pop up because he negated one of Levy's interceptions going for a touchdown with his block on John Sullivan that resulted in a six-figure fine. But the Redskins will have to double-team Suh or he'll cause major havoc for Washington's offense.

Sticking with that, the biggest question around Washington is with Robert Griffin III. Considering Suh's dominance, how mobile is RG III these days and will a dominant defensive line cause him major issues?

Keim: Everyone says he’s mobile (and healthy), but we haven’t seen it -- the mobility that is. Maybe it’s the brace. Green Bay did a terrific job pressuring him up the middle with blitzes and keeping him contained on the outside. He’s seeing five-man or more rushes on 42 percent of his drop-backs compared to 21 percent a year ago. The interior of the line is not built to handle big, strong defensive tackles, and that’s where Washington could have a problem. This group is better on the move. If the Lions can pressure him with just the front four, the Redskins are in trouble. The question will be whether the Redskins can get their run game going against this group. They’re so much better when they can then use play-action passes.

Speaking of which, it sounds like the Redskins aren’t the only team with defensive backfield issues. Why have the Lions struggled in the back end?

Rothstein: They've struggled back there -- kind of. A lot of the focus has been on rookie Darius Slay, who has been replaced in his first two NFL games by veteran Rashean Mathis. So there are some problems when Slay is in, but with a rookie, that should be expected. The rest of the defensive backfield has been decent. Chris Houston is playing well thus far opposite Slay/Mathis, defending three passes, making 11 tackles and not being beaten much by opposing receivers. Bill Bentley has had some issues at nickel, though, and it wouldn't be shocking to see teams go at him if Mathis plays more to see if they can lull him into a pass interference call or two.

Speaking of defense, what is going on with Washington? More than 1,000 total yards allowed in the first two games? That almost has to be more concerning than anything related to Griffin, right?

Keim: Very much so. The offense will come around and showed legitimate signs of life last week, despite the lopsided score. The same can’t be said of the defense. It misses too many tackles, and it's not sound against the run. Linebacker London Fletcher is not getting off blocks to make tackles, and the defense surrenders too many big plays. Other than that? Things are terrific. The Eagles and Packers forced the Redskins into a lot of nickel looks, and they're struggling to stop the run. Teams are also forcing the Redskins to prove they can tackle in space, and thus far they’ve failed. They start two rookies in the secondary (assuming they open in nickel), and that’s led to breakdowns in communication or technique. Corner David Amerson takes his eyes off his work at times. I like his talent, but he’s still growing as a player. Safety Bacarri Rambo would not have started if they had a legitimate option at free safety. He’s made mistakes too. But at least they can improve. I’m surprised how bad this group has played. I thought with Brian Orakpo returning they would do better (playing fine down the stretch last season). They need to get a lot of pressure from their four-man rushes or else risk exposing a weak secondary.

I’m guessing the Lions offense is excited to face this group. How dangerous can this group become, and what has Reggie Bush added?

Rothstein: If the Lions can hold on to the ball -- currently the league leaders in drops with eight -- they are extremely effective. Adding Bush to the team gives Detroit two players who can score any time they touch the ball along with Calvin Johnson. The question for this week is whether Bush will play. If he is able to come back from a helmet to the knee against Arizona on Sunday, Washington will have some major problems. If not, the Skins will likely do well to focus on Johnson and make Joique Bell and the other Lions options beat them. It will be interesting to see how Washington handles Detroit if Bush is healthy. Thus far, opponents have dropped deep against Johnson and given Bush space, but I'd imagine as he continues to be effective, that'll change.

I'll close with this question: What's the vibe around the Washington locker room? I'd imagine there is a bit of surprise of the predicament the team is in. To put it succinctly, is this team just struggling or does it have a dominant performance in it?

Keim: Michael, the vibe is that they’ve been here before, having gone 3-6 a year ago only to win seven straight. But if they’re honest with themselves, they would admit this is a lot uglier because they haven’t been in either game and the defense could have given up 50 last week. Last year, there was only one game in their first nine that they didn’t have a chance to win (Pittsburgh). They are surprised, but I think they understand how to handle this situation. It was a resilient group a year ago, and it needs to prove it again now. I think the offense has a dominant performance in it. I’m not sure what the defense has, other than a desire to not face a high-powered offense. As long as Griffin keeps getting his game back, the offense will be fine. There’s no simple solution for the defense. It needs to create turnovers and get lots of help from the offense. So one side of the ball is struggling mightily, the other side is working through some rust.

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