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NOTEBOOK: Driskel still dealing with sore hamstring

Quarterback Jeff Driskel said he feels like any player would two days after a physical Sunday afternoon in the NFL. He said Tuesday he was a little banged up and a little sore, but this week was all about a quick turnaround.

“Yeah, it’s definitely gotten better each and every day,” Driskel said of the hamstring injury that’s landed him on the practice report this week as a limited participant. “That’s just a testament to the guys in the training room – all of those guys that are here all hours of the day working with us.

“Yeah, so just doing what you can to get your body right and be out there. That’s part of the game and that’s part of this league is getting your body good to go each and every week.”

The fact that the Lions haven’t signed another quarterback to the roster is a pretty good indication they feel Driskel is trending in the right direction for Thursday. David Blough is the other quarterback besides Matthew Stafford on the Lions roster.

How the hamstring injury might affect Driskel’s game is another question. He’s rushed for at least 50-plus yards in each of his last two games, and using his legs to run and extend plays is a big part of his game.

“It’s one of those deals where if you’re out on the field, you can’t think about that,” Driskel said. “You have to be able to just go let it rip, so that’s kind of my thought on that.”

BLOUGH TAKES SOME FIRST-TEAM REPS

The Lions have been giving Blough some first-team reps this week in case he’s called upon to play Thursday.

“We’ve actually done that with David before too,” Lions head coach Matt Patricia said. “We’ve put him in certain situations. We have different team periods throughout practice normally when we’re out there. We’ll have competitive periods against offense versus defense, along with our preparation periods that we use each week.

“We like to take those different kind of chances during the week to mix up some of the huddles, and who is out there and who is not. We do it really at all positions, and certainly, Blough is one of those guys that it’s important for us to do that with too.”

LIONS GETTING HEALTHIER

Detroit held a walkthrough Tuesday, and had only four players – quarterback Matthew Stafford, wide receiver Marvin Hall, cornerback Rashaan Melvin and kick returner Jamal Agnew – sit out.

Center Frank Ragnow was a full participant, a good sign he’s getting ready to return to the lineup after missing last week with a concussion.

Defensive end Trey Flowers was limited Tuesday after being listed as a non participant Monday. That's also a good sign he’s trending in the right direction in the return to play protocol from his concussion. Flowers also missed the game in Washington.

Safety Tracy Walker was listed as limited Tuesday with the knee injury that also kept him out of the Redskins game.

TRUBISKY TO ROBINSON HEATING UP

The connection between Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and wide receiver Allen Robinson seems to be heating up.

Trubisky threw for 278 yards in Chicago’s win over the Giants last week, his highest mark of the season, and nearly half of those went to Robinson (131).

The 131 yards for Robinson was a season high and came on just six receptions. He also added his fourth touchdown grab of the season.

Robinson was averaging 11.1 yards per reception going into the Giants game, but that mark climbed to 21.8 against the Giants thanks to big plays of 49, 32, 23 and 15 yards. He also had a 60 yarder called back due to penalty.

Robinson has been Trubisky’s leading target all season, but the two will try and keep their connection down the field alive and well in Detroit Thursday.

The Bears do a good job moving Robinson around, including in the slot. Will the Lions travel cornerback Darius Slay with him, or will they play Justin Coleman on him when he’s in the slot?

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