Lions’ DeJon Gomes, TJ Jones miss practice with injuries

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

Allen Park — The Lions continue to be among the healthiest teams in the NFL with just two players missing practice Monday.

Safety DeJon Gomes, who suffered a neck injury in Friday’s exhibition against the Raiders, was out.

Wide receiver TJ Jones also sat as he remains on the physically unable to perform list with a shoulder injury.

Gomes, who’s entering his fourth NFL season, is battling for a backup safety role. He has been in the lead for a roster spot because of his special-teams ability, but any time missed could cost him a chance to maintain his position in the safety room.

Starters Don Carey and James Ihedigbo are roster locks, and Don Carey is a versatile veteran who’s also a valued special-teams player. But Isa Abdul-Quddus and undrafted rookie Jerome Couplin have both looked deserving of a roster spot at times thus far.

Gomes suffered the injury on an ugly play in which he made helmet-to-helmet contact with Raiders tight end Scott Simonson, forcing a fumble which the Lions recovered.

Monday marked the first day in which the Lions went through a typical regular season practice schedule, so only the first 30 minutes of individual drills were open to the media.

One notable item from practice was that running backs Reggie Bush and Theo Riddick practiced with the wide receivers. Both likely will spend a significant amount of time lined up as receivers this season.