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TIM AND MIKE: Training camp Day 9 observations

Ziggy's return: Ziggy Ansah was ahead of schedule in coming off the Active-PUP list Monday to practice for the first time. He was on PUP last year, and did not take part in training camp or any preseason games. He ended up getting three sacks against the Giants in Game 2 on Monday Night TV. What might that mean for this year's opener vs. the Jets, on Monday Night TV? – Mike O'Hara

Ziggy speaks: "Training camp is very big heading into the season," Ansah said after practice. "I think every player really needs that. I've been out for a week and some change and I'm just happy to be back out here participating with the team now." – Tim Twentyman

LB duty: Miles Killebrew has shown to be a versatile player over the last two years in that he can cover and tackle from the strong safety spot, but can also step into the box and play naturally close to the line of scrimmage. Killebrew (6-2, 222) worked out with the linebackers during individual drills for the first time I've noticed in camp. The Lions are pretty deep at safety, could they being eyeing a hybrid role for Killebrew moving forward? It's Worth monitoring. – Tim Twentyman

Look ahead—Gruden's Video Groove: Before the Raiders got a look at the Lions' current running backs in the combined practices, they got a look at Barry Sanders from Jon Gruden's video collection that he shows to his team. "I'm just trying to make some points," Gruden told reporter at Raiders camp. "I think they love it. They love seeing Barry Sanders. They lost seeing Joe Montana in the two-minute drill." – Mike O'Hara

Teacher and pupil: Long after all the players left the practice field, veteran defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois and rookie defensive lineman Da'Shawn Hand were spotted working together on the arm dummy over where the defensive linemen work out during practice. Francois was giving the youngster some technical pointers in regard to hand placement and technique. That's nearly a decade's worth of experience and knowledge Francois was gifting to the young Hand, who seemed to be soaking it all in. – Tim Twentyman

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Kickers alone: Practice routines are different for the kicking specialists, and that was evident again at the start of practice. They did not take part in the team stretching warmups. Instead, they were off to themselves doing simulated kicking drills – without hitting the ball. It's like the golf swing. Always looking for something to improve the routine. – Mike O'Hara

Hanson in the house: Former Lions kicker Jason Hanson took in practice and even wandered over to chat with long snapper Don Muhlbach, kicker Matt Prater and punter Sam Martin. Hanson still holds the record for the most field goals of 40 or more yards (189). He also looked like he could step right in and still boot one right down the middle from 40-plus, even at 48 years old. – Tim Twentyman

Participation report: Ansah was back on the practice field after coming off the PUP list, but he was limited. offensive guard T.J. Lang and defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson were also back at practice after sitting out the last couple. Missing practice Monday were: wide receiver Andy Jones (PUP), running back Theo Riddick, defensive end Cam Johnson, linebacker Chad Meredith and safety Stefan McClure. – Tim Twentyman

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