Lions running back Reggie Bush says camp, which began Monday, helps him return to 'football shape.' (Daniel Mears / Detroit News)
Allen Park — For rookie linebacker Kyle Van Noy, the first day of training camp ended almost as quickly as it started.
Early during Monday afternoon’s practice, Van Noy injured his right thumb and left the field to receive medical attention. Van Noy returned, but did not participate in drills.
Van Noy, a second-round pick from BYU, had his right hand wrapped with tape. He called it was a minor injury and said he’d be ready to return to take reps today.
“I just got a little banged up but I should be fine,” he said. “It just happened on a play and I’m not allowed to speak on it.”
Van Noy is projected to play a multi-faceted role as a rush lineman and linebacker, vying with Ashlee Palmer for playing time. Coach Jim Caldwell didn’t elaborate on the extent of Van Noy’s injury but exercised caution.
“We won’t know a whole lot until (today),” Caldwell said. “We took a good look at it and you could see a bit of an injury to his thumb. ... Each and every situation is different. In his particular case, we thought (keeping him out) was the best option.”
Back in football shape
Even for the veterans, starting training camp is valuable, enabling them to get back into playing shape.
For running back Reggie Bush, it’s a necessary step in returning to a football mentality.
“I’m one of those guys that feels like he needs it to get my body into football shape,” he said. “I don’t feel like by any means I could play a regular-season game right now; I have to get a few preseason games in and the team has to get the chemistry to where it needs to be and then we’ll be ready to play.”
Rookie wide receiver TJ Jones (shoulder) and second-year defensive end Ziggy Ansah (shoulder) remain on the PUP list.
… The Lions waived/injured defensive end Kalonji Kashama, freeing a roster spot that likely will be filled by today’s 3:30 p.m. practice. Kashama went undrafted out of Eastern Michigan.
… Single-game tickets for this season go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Ford Field box office or detroitlions.com/tickets.