Darius Slay seems anything but concerned about the minor surgical procedure performed on a meniscus

Posted May 11, 2013

Despite missing on-field practice opportunities during this weekend's rookie orientation, Darius Slay has been present at every one

At his introductory press conference in Allen Park, second-round draft selection Darius Slay told reporters he felt well enough in that moment to go through a workout.

“I could do a full workout right now,” he said on April 27, answering a question regarding the meniscus tear suffered during his pro day workout, March 6.

Fast forward nearly two weeks and Tim Twentyman breaks the news on that Slay had undergone a minor surgical procedure to repair that tear.

"The Lions opted to take the safe route," said Twentyman.

Talking to Slay this weekend at the team's rookie orientation, his response regarding the surgery couldn't be any more casual.

"(The Lions) just thought it was best," he said. "Me and my agent and the staff here -- they just said it was best to get it out of the way so it won't hurt me in the long run."

While Slay was forced to miss his first on-field practice opportunities during this weekend's rookie orientation, he has been present at every one.

Gunther Cunningham and Darius SlayDefensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham and CB Darius Slay during Saturday's rookie practice. (Photo: C. Wywrot/

In fact, he could be seen with defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham for much of the time.

"He was just talking about schemes, talking a little defense with me," said Slay, minimizing the interaction. "What kind of corners he likes; he likes my size and everything. He was just telling me he’s glad I made it here."

Looking at Slay, one would have no idea he'd undergone any kind of medical procedure. He has no wrap on his leg and no disruption with his walking.

"I'm just going through treatment, icing it. It's not that big of a deal," he said. "Just taking it one day at a time. I'll come back as soon as I possibly can."

For now, he is focused on learning the playbook -- translating everything he absorbs from the film room to the field -- and getting to know his new teammates.

He has already met second-year cornerback Bill Bentley and spoken with starting safety Louis Delmas.

As for who he is looking forward to meeting, Slay didn't hesitate.

"Reggie Bush," he said eagerly. "I'm a big fan."

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