"I always felt like I was Superman," Broyles said. "I would be like 'Nah, that's not me,' but it is me. I'm just going to do the best with the situation I'm put in. I'm running the offense and whenever I'm ready I'll be out there doing everything."
After missing most of practice last week and Friday's preseason game because of soreness that developed in his surgically repaired left knee, Broyles was back on the field Sunday participating fully in practice. He made sure coaches noticed he was back on the field, too, with a number of good catches throughout practice.
"Ryan came out and worked," Schwartz said after practice. "His knee's been sore and we shut him down for a little bit. It doesn't make any sense to keep on going unless he was ready to go.
"He knows how to get open. He's not 100-percent physically, but he knows how to get open and he showed it in practice today."
Broyles seems reserved to the fact that he's going to have good days and sore days and that's just going to be part of his recovery. When the Lions drafted him in the second round of April's NFL Draft, Schwartz said he liked the fact that the Lions could take their time getting Broyles back into action because of the depth at the position. The team is sticking with that plan and are only allowing Broyles to practice when there's no soreness in the knee.
Sunday was a good day, according to Broyles.
"It's a daily grind, you know," Broyles said. "You come in and have a meeting and stuff and then you can't practice. That's never fun. I got to put a full day in today and it felt good to go out there and catch some balls."
SPIEVEY BACK AT PRACTICE; OTHERS OUT
Spievey suffered a concussion in the team's loss to the Saints in their NFC Wild Card playoff game last year, and symptoms lingered into the off-season program.
"He was back in the general population today," Schwartz said of Spievey. "Like I said, anytime you have a guy with a concussion history, the way it is now, if they wake up and have a headache and they're nauseous, we're going to go through a long protocol to make sure it's not concussion related."
The Lions felt good enough that Friday's symptoms were not related to his previous concussions that they gave him the okay to participate in Sunday's practice with shoulder pads.
While Spievey was back on the field Sunday, safeties
ON SECOND THOUGHT
Schwartz couldn't find a whole lot to be happy about in the postgame press conference after Friday's 19-17 loss to the Browns. After watching the film and having a little more than a day to think about it, Schwartz still wasn't too pleased with the performance. He did find a couple things he liked, though, particularly the play of rookie offensive tackle
"He played well," Schwartz said Sunday when asked how Reiff played in his first preseason game. "He played a lot of snaps, which with our tackle situation and everything else, he got a lot of work in. He was very consistent. He was playing in the second half of the game but he did a really nice job and it was good to see. That's been part of his progression. He's improved every day and it translated to the game."
LANGFORD EXPECTED TO PRACTICE MONDAY
The Lions signed free agent safety
"We'll get a good look at him tomorrow," Schwartz said. "Tomorrow will be a shorts practice so he'll be able to go and do everything everybody else is doing. We'll give him a chance."
A record 2,819 fans were at training camp practice Sunday for Kids Day.