Mike Daniels participated in first practice with the Lions on Monday
The Detroit Lions were finally able to get one of their free agent acquisitions from this offseason onto the practice field. Defensive lineman Mike Daniels participated in his first practice with the team on Monday.
Daniels is recovering from a foot injury that he suffered in 2018 with the Green Bay Packers. The injury was severe enough to end his season last year after starting in nine games for Green Bay.
Therefore, the Lions are taking a cautious approach with Daniels as he eases his way back onto the field. The former Packers defensive lineman hasn’t been the only player along the defensive front to be given that approach in training camp.
Aside from Daniels, Trey Flowers, Damon Harrison, and Da’Shawn Hand have also missed some time due to injuries and other issues. This has made it tough for second-year head coach Matt Patricia to get an outlook on his current defensive line.
“I don’t know what it’s going to look like when we get everybody out there,” Patricia said, via the Detroit Free Press. “We’re still kind of grinding through that. I think it’s realistic for us to understand that those guys still have a long way to go. They’re still grinding through, coming back, and making sure that we’re doing it the right way so that when they’re back on the field, we won’t have any issues going forward from that standpoint.”
Over his seven-year career, Daniels has tallied 29 sacks, 47 tackles for loss, and two forced fumbles. Additionally, the newly acquired defensive lineman for the Lions was named to a Pro Bowl in 2017.