The Lions missed the playmaking ability of receiver
Broyles has been inactive the first two weeks of the season as he continues to gain strength in that right knee that suffered an ACL tear in early December of last year.
But could it finally be time for Broyles to make an impact this week in Washington?
"It's in the plan not to ease him in but not rush him back in," Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan told me Tuesday. "He may be called upon here in the near future to be back on the field."
Broyles tore the ACL in his right knee in a Dec. 2 game vs. Indianapolis at Ford Field. It was a little more than a year after tearing his left ACL as a senior at the University of Oklahoma.
At the time of his second injury, Broyles was coming off a six-catch, 126-yard performance against Houston on Thanksgiving the week prior when he injured the knee in the first quarter against the Colts.
"He has gotten a little closer to whatever that percent is where he's ready to go," said Linehan. "I think he's chomping at the bit to get in there."
Is it possible Broyles could make his season debut in Washington Sunday?
Linehan also touched on a few other trends from last week's game in Arizona:
On the play of the offensive line: "It's been a really good pocket (for
On what kind of wrench losing
"The season is early. We're two games in and we're 1-1 and that was one of those deals where it was the first injury we've dealt with. But I feel we have the depth and the guys to step in. Hopefully, we can respond where production doesn't drop off next time."
On the overall play of the offense through two weeks: "We had a lot more production as far as having success both running and throwing the first week. Last week (vs. Arizona) we had less success running the ball. There was a little bit bigger commitment from the opposition to taking the run away as far as the defensive looks. I think guys understand what we're trying to get done.
"I think we're playing smarter and more sound football in our approach with the turnover numbers at this point and the lost yardage plays in the passing game at this point. We need to eliminate the loss yardage we're getting in the run game and that will bode well for us as well."