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Lions Coach Jim Schwartz Not Concerned About Rookie CB Darius Slay Falling Behind
The Detroit Lions opened rookie minicamp on Friday, but second-round draft pick Darius Slay was unable to practice after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery to address a torn meniscus.
While coach Jim Schwartz would prefer to have a fully healthy roster, he's comfortable with Slay missing this portion of the offseason.
"If you miss a couple weeks in (training) camp, it's a lot to miss," Schwartz said. "You miss a couple weeks now... it's not as much, and it's ground you can catch up."
Slay was in uniform on practice field Friday, taking mental reps while his news teammates ran through drills. He's also taking part in team meetings and working out his upper body in the weight room while rehabbing his knee.
"He can gain just as much of a basic knowledge of our defensive scheme and the techniques we require just by going through the process, not necessarily getting the physical reps," Schwartz said.
Schwartz confirmed all involved parties -- including Slay, his representation and the Lions training staff -- were all in agreement to proceed with the surgery.
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