Lions left tackle
"It's just disappointing, it's frustrating, but I know how to handle situations like this," he said. “Me personally, I don’t like missing reps. I enjoy being out there with the guys and taking reps and just getting the work in. So, I’m disappointed in that regard.”
Backus wouldn’t go into details on the extent of the injury, referring instead to head coach Jim Schwartz, “I really don’t have any updates,” Schwartz said of Backus’ injury. “He’s not long-term. He wasn’t practicing today, that’s it. No, he’s not long term.
“He’s started for 11 straight years and has never missed a start. We have a lot of confidence in Jeff when the bell rings that he always answers.”
Leshoure, who tore his Achilles tendon and did not play last season, also said after practice that he wasn’t too worried about the injury and categorized it as day-to-day.
“I just felt it coming,” he said of the hamstring injury. “I didn’t feel any pop or anything. I definitely just want to be smart about it.”
He said the injury could be a result of overcompensating for his Achilles tendon and the fact that he hadn’t been in a meaningful practice in almost a year before Friday’s session. “I just don’t want to rush back and make this a season lingering injury,” he said.
The Lions continue to rotate players among different groupings, especially at cornerback and offensive tackle.
“Be careful reading anything into depth charts or anything else,” Schwartz cautioned the media on Friday. “We don’t have a depth chart. We have groups that we practice with and we change them up all the time. You’ll see those groups change quite a bit.”
We’re already seeing that from practice-to-practice.
LIVING WITH EXPECTATIONS
“Coach told us it's easy to go from not so good to good but it's hard to go from good to great,” Burleson said. “We're nowhere near great, but that's what we're chasing.
“It's a lot different than when I came in three years ago. Everybody was trying to figure out just exactly who we wanted to be. Right now we picked up where we left off.” Tulloch said the team has placed more expectations on themselves than any outside influence ever could.
“As a team, we know that we have to be better,” he said. “We have to be 11-5, not 10-6. We got to get better. If you're not getting better, you're getting worse.
“We know what's at stake. We know that we set the bar. We got to keep working every day and not get complacent; stay focused and help the team achieve those goals of coming out here every day and keep working.”
A FEW SUNDAY OBSERVATIONS
--Logan took advantage of added offensive reps as the second running back behind
--Along with receiver Ryan Broyles, offensive tackle