Lions’ Quin out but not due to injury

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News
Glover Quin

Allen Park — The Lions again had several players missing during their only organized team activities session open to the media this week.

Free safety Glover Quin was the most notable player who wasn’t on the field Thursday, but coach Jim Caldwell said Quin’s absence wasn’t injury-related. Quin underwent ankle surgery early in the offseason.

Golden Tate returned after missing the practice open to the media last week, but the Lions were still shorthanded at receiver as TJ Jones, Corey Fuller, Jeremy Kerley and rookie Jace Billingsley were all out for undisclosed reasons. Out of the group, Fuller was the only missing receiver who didn’t watch practice from the sideline.

Running backs Ameer Abdullah (shoulder) and Steven Ridley (undisclosed) were out, as was center Travis Swanson. Rookie Dwayne Washington was out, too, as he continues to wrap up his scholastic requirements at Washington.

Tight ends Eric Ebron (undisclosed) and Brandon Pettigrew (knee) were out, but Adam Fuehne returned, giving the Lions more people at the ailing position.

Defensive tackle Caraun Reid (ankle) remained out, and Tyrunn Walker (leg) didn’t participate in team drills.

Offensive tackles Michael Ola and Corey Robinson were out again with undisclosed injuries. Linebacker Khaseem Greene was out for personal reasons, and fellow linebacker Stephen Tulloch is still gone because he’ll soon be cut.

Lions sign Bell

The Lions swapped out their backup kicker and punter on Thursday.

Devon Bell, who went undrafted this year out of Mississippi State, signed with the Lions, the team announced Thursday afternoon.

To make room for Bell, the Lions waived Kyle Christy, whom they signed in April. Christy had been working as the backup to both punter Sam Martin and kicker Matt Prater, but now, Bell will have a chance to handle those duties this offseason.

Bell was primarily a punter and kickoff specialist the past two years, but also had experience kicking field goals in college.

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