Jason Fox: 'It's always a good thing to be practicing.' (Daniel Mears / Detroit News)
Allen Park -- Lions coach Jim Schwartz gave it the old, "Who are you going to trust, me or your lying eyes?" Thursday when asked about right tackle Jason Fox returning to the starting lineup Sunday.
"I don't comment on the depth chart," he said. "I will let you read into it or comment on that. I'd caution you on the stuff you are watching in practice."
Fair enough. What we saw in the early portion of practice was Fox working with the first-team offense. That doesn't mean he ran with the first unit all of practice and it doesn't mean definitively that he will return to the starting lineup in Green Bay.
It just means his sore groin, which has kept him off the field since early in Week 1, has healed and put him in a position to start.
"It's always a good thing to be practicing," said Fox, choosing his words carefully. "I am just trying to get back into the swing of things and get back into a rhythm again. My goals haven't changed. I want to go out and get better every day and perform at a high level."
Fox was performing at a high level, which is why he beat out Corey Hilliard for the starting spot. But since he's been out, Hilliard stepped in and the offensive line has improved every week.
Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan was asked if he was worried that re-entering Fox would change the line's chemistry and continuity.
"Not really," he said. "These guys all understand it, they get how it works. We'll make the decision Saturday evening as to who is playing, but we had a really good dynamic working through the offseason and preseason. Jason played very well.
"Whatever we decide to do, we're very confident with whoever is out there."
Fox actually thought he was going to be active last week.
"I practiced like I was preparing to play, but they decided to hold me out," he said. "That's their decision. I'm just trying to get back as soon as possible."