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Lions defensive lineman Mike Daniels expects to start practicing fully next week

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Mike Daniels hasn’t participated in team drills since joining the team a couple of weeks ago, but he expects that to change come next week. Daniels appeared on NFL Network on Wednesday and said he fully expects to participate in joint practices next week with the Houston Texans.

The Lions and Daniels haven’t publicly said why he isn’t participating in practices, but a foot injury did end his 2018 season and that could be a logical guess why.

Daniels told NFL Network that he is ready to go, but he and the team are just trying to be smart with the way they approach this.

“I’m ready to go,” Daniels said, via MLive.com. “I’m ready to go. But like I said, it’s just a matter of being smart. I’ve been through plenty of camps in my career, and not saying I don’t want to get the work, which is why I’ll be out there next week, but it’s just being smart. As you get older, you have to be smart. You can’t just beat yourself into submission every day, which is what I prefer to do.”

Daniels did say that he is healthy enough to play in the preseason opener if he was needed but he isn’t so he is just playing it smart.

“I’ll be able to do some striking with the guys down there when we get to Houston,” Daniels said. “It’s a process. Honestly, I could play (in the preseason opener) tomorrow, but it’s just a matter of being smart.