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NOTEBOOK: Lions may miss out on Luck in Indy

Posted Aug 9, 2017

Tim Twentyman covers all the news from training camp practice including missing out on Andrew Luck, the first depth chart and more.

Darius Slay seemed genuinely disappointed when he found out Wednesday after Lions practice that he wouldn’t get the opportunity to go up against Colts quarterback Andrew Luck in Detroit’s two joint practices with Indianapolis this week.

“I want to work against one of the best,” Slay said. “Man, I’m mad. I was looking forward to that.”

Luck remains on the Colts’ PUP list after undergoing shoulder surgery in the offseason. Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said there’s no timeline for Luck’s return.

Luck threw for 4,240 yards last season with 31 touchdowns and 13 interceptions for a passer rating of 96.4. He was 31-of-47 for 385 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions (119.5 rating) in Detroit’s Week 1, 39-35, victory in Indianapolis last year.

“That’s pretty sad, man,” Slay said. “I hope he gets healthy with whatever’s wrong with him or whatever his situation is. I hope he gets healthy and gets back out there.”

Scott Tolzien, Stephen Morris and Phillip Walker are listed in that order at quarterback on the depth chart the Colts released a couple days ago.

“Obviously, we would have loved to face Andrew,” safety Glover Quin said. “I think, like you said, when you’re going against another team, you want to compete and compete against the top guys and Andrew Luck is a very high-ranked guy in this league.

“It would have been nice to get some reps against Andrew, but you know, we’ll compete against whoever they have out there.”

In last year’s joint practices with Pittsburgh, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger didn’t take part in the first day and was limited in Day 2. That's two years in a row the Lions' defense doesn't get a full two days of work with the opponent's best signal caller.

“Andrew (Luck), obviously, a great player,” Lions head coach Jim Caldwell said. “We played against him last year, but there will be guys there that will give us a real challenge, there’s no question about that.

“Their defense, their offensive line, their running backs, there’s a lot goes on there, so we’ll get some great evaluations.”

DEPTH CHART

The Lions Football Communications department released the team’s first unofficial depth chart Wednesday morning.

Here are some highlights:

-- The team lists two starting running backs – Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick – with no fullback on the roster.

-- Greg Robinson, who has split reps with Cyrus Kouandjio for most of camp at left tackle, is listed ahead of Kouandjio on the depth chart.

-- Detroit’s starting linebackers in their base 4-3 set are: Jarrad Davis (MIKE), Tahir Whitehead (WILL) and Antwione Williams (SAM).

-- Golden Tate is listed as the No. 1 punt returner, despite the fact he hasn’t worked there much in training camp. It’s likely we someone else in that role when Week 1 of the regular season rolls around.

-- Second-year running back Dwayne Washington is the team’s No. 1 kick returner on this first depth chart.

PRACTICE REPORT

Players still on PUP: DE Ziggy Ansah, T Taylor Decker and T Corey Robinson

Players still on NFI: P Sam Martin

Not practicing Wednesday: Tight end Eric Ebron, running back Theo Riddick, defensive tackle Jordan Hill, running back Mike James, cornerback Des Lawrence and tackle Cornelius Lucas

Linebacker Paul Worrilow returned to practice in a red no-contact jersey after sitting out the previous few practices.