July 30, 2014 at 11:37 pm

Lions guard Larry Warford is OK after practice scare

Detroit — The Lions had a brief scare during training camp Wednesday night as second-year right guard Larry Warford limped off with an ankle injury, but after a couple minutes on the trainer’s table, he returned to the practice at Wayne State’s Tom Adams Field.

On a field goal, Warford said defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley rushed over the top of him as he was at a standstill, causing him to fall with his right ankle caught underneath.

Warford, who established himself as one of the NFL’s top guards his rookie season, limped to the trainer’s table and slammed his helmet to the ground, worried it was more serious than it was.

“It just hurt like hell when it happened,” he said. “After a while, it still hurt, but it wasn’t enough to keep me out. When it happened I thought it was a little bit more serious than it was, but it really wasn’t.”

While the trainer checked on Warford, both Suh and Fairley ran over to provide support.

Warford had the ankle taped and ran back out a couple minutes later, but it was surprising to see him return considering his importance to the team. Last year Warford didn’t allow a sack in 1,158 snaps.

“Because I want to get better, of course,” he said of why he returned. “If I felt like it would’ve hurt me to get back in there, I wouldn’t have gone back in.”

When Warford put his helmet back on and returned to the sideline, Suh stood next to him and gave him a pat on the butt.

“I know he’s an intense guy — like everybody knows that — and he doesn’t mean to do that stuff,” Warford said of Suh. “He just came over, (and) he was checking on me to make sure I was all right. Regardless of the reputation he gets, he cares about his team, and that means a lot. He’s a great guy, and we appreciate that.”


Larry Warford survived an injury scare in practice Wednesday. / Daniel Mears / The Detroit News