Lions keep things light day after exhibition victory

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

Allen Park — Following Thursday night’s exhibition win over the New York Jets, the Lions had a leisurely practice session Friday afternoon and followed it with a steak dinner in the tent on the field at team headquarters.

Running back Joique Bell took part in Friday's practice, which lasted less than an hour.

The eighth practice of training camp lasted less than an hour, and players — from offense, defense and special teams — spent a significant portion of time catching passes from the Lions quarterbacks, running back Joique Bell and long snapper Don Muhlbach.

After a brief stretch and the route-running, the Lions did some half-speed team drills while trying to correct some of the issues from Thursday’s 23-3 scrimmage victory.

“Today is a day for us to come out and just kind of break a sweat for the most part, get the guys loose and see how they’re moving around a little bit,” coach Jim Caldwell said. “And also go over corrections … (and) get things ironed out that we might not have done as well during the course of the game.”

For the practice, offensive lineman Darren Keyton and cornerback Jocquel Skinner were the only players not seen. Keyton suffered a serious knee injury Thursday, but the team did not provide a reason for Skinner’s absence.

Cornerback Rashean Mathis didn’t participate much in the practice after sitting Thursday’s game, but after the game, Caldwell said he wasn’t dealing with an injury.

The players on injured lists — Bell, offensive tackle LaAdrian Waddle and defensive linemen Jason Jones and Haloti Ngata — as well as rookie cornerback Alex Carter were on the field wearing jerseys, but worked with each other on the side.