August 4, 2014 at 2:56 pm

Lions camp observations: CB Darius Slay sidelined with upper body injury

Allen Park — Lions cornerback Darius Slay sat out the end of training camp Monday with an upper body injury, but said he’ll be back for practice Tuesday.

“Just playing ball,” Slay said. “That’s basically what it was. I’m good.”

Coach Jim Caldwell provided a little more insight on how Slay suffered the injury in a one-on-one drill.

“Golden Tate went up for a ball, came down and kind of on (Slay’s) neck,” he said. “I told him that Golden has a way of being a pain in the neck once in a while. We had a little issue there briefly, but he’ll be fine.”

The Lions have been lucky to avoid serious injury thus far in camp, and everyone but Slay left practice healthy after what was a physical day in full pads.

Among the loud hits was running back George Winn leveling rookie safety Jerome Couplin in the open field. Running back Reggie Bush also was hit hard on a reception in the flat by cornerback Cassius Vaughn, and Mikel Leshoure was hit hard by safety Glover Quin on an inside run.

“It was good, I think, to get some hitting done,” Bush said. “I think we needed it. …We’ve still got a ways to go. By no means are we ready to play Game 1 yet.”

Here are some other observations from camp Monday:

■ Defensive end Ziggy Ansah looks much closer to returning after doing his most extensive work with a trainer on the field Monday. He ran through several drills where he had to extend one or both arms and looked fine when hitting a pad with his left shoulder. Ansah also looked explosive when running from a set position.

■ With Slay out, Vaughn filled in at left cornerback in 7-on-7s. In 11-on-11s, Rashean Mathis moved to the left side, and Bill Bentley played on the right.

■ Giorgio Tavecchio continued to kick well, making all five of his attempts, including a long of 48 yards.

■ Rookie kicker Nate Freese went 3-for-5, missing a low line-drive from 39 yards and going wide right from 48 yards.

■ Defensive tackle Nick Fairley put interior lineman Darren Keyton on the ground and easily won their one-on-one matchup.

■ Defensive tackle C.J. Mosley ran right through rookie center Travis Swanson in their matchup.

■ Defensive end Larry Webster, a fourth-round pick, looked great again in one-on-one drills, beating tackle LaAdrian Waddle with speed and tackle Corey Hilliard with power.

■ Defensive end Darryl Tapp struggled in his first matchup against rookie tackle Cornelius Lucas, but he won the rematch easily with a speedy get-off.

■ Center Dominic Raiola and left guard Rob Sims sat out during the one-on-one period.

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Everyone but cornerback Darius Slay left practice healthy after what was a physical day in full pads. / Daniel Mears / Detroit News