Lions' Drayton Florence plans on returning to practice next week
6:57 PM, October 25, 2012
Detroit Lions cornerback Drayton Florence said he should be ready to come off short-term injured reserve when he’s eligible next month.
Florence, who broke his right forearm in a Week 2 loss to the 49ers, can begin practicing with the Lions on Wednesday but can’t play in a game until Nov. 18 against the Packers.
He said he expects to practice Wednesday.
“Everything from the doctor’s standpoint was good with the X-rays,” Florence said. “I went to see him last week so I’m right on track.”
Released by the Denver Broncos at August’s roster deadline, Florence appeared in two games and made one start before his injury.
The Lions are still short-handed in the secondary - Jacob Lacey could miss his second straight game with a concussion Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, and rookie third-round pick Bill Bentley might need surgery after the season on a recurring shoulder injury – so Florence’s return would be a welcome one.
“We had a good feeling that he’d be able to bounce back from this and a lot of guys have,” Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. “Usually what you’re doing is you’re just sucking him up on the 53-man roster until they can. It was a little bit of an advantage that we were able to replace his roster spot, but those things are fairly predictable in healing and we’ll see what it looks like.
“He’ll be a boost to get back on the practice field, but it’ll be a bigger boost to get back on the field.”
Florence said the time off has been “frustrating” but has allowed him to catch up with the Lions’ playbook and terminology after his late arrival in Detroit.
“Hopefully, I can come back and contribute and help this team get a W,” Florence said.Contact Dave Birkett: 313-222-2037 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @davebirkett.
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