|11-14-2012, 11:19 PM||#1|
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Lions DE Cliff Avril Medically Cleared Following Concussion
Lions coach Jim Schwartz doesn't normally comment on how long a player could be sidelined with a concussion, but he expressed optimism at his Monday's press conference that Cliff Avril wouldn't miss significant time.
"He was much improved after the game, probably more so than with a lot of the other concussions that we've had," Schwartz said. "He'll have to go through a protocol to return, but he presented different after the game than some of the other guys have."
Just four days after suffering the injury in the Lions' loss to the Minnesota Vikings, Avril has been cleared to return to the field.
"If I still had a concussion, I wouldn't be talking to ya'll," Avril said.
The franchised defensive end still didn't practice on Wednesday because he wasn't cleared until after the team worked out. He also continues to battle a lingering back injury sustained in Week 4.
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