Lions WR Corey Fuller not close to return

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News
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Allen Park – Already facing an uphill battle in a stacked competition for a roster spot, Detroit Lions wide receiver Corey Fuller still isn’t close to returning to the field.

A sixth-round draft pick in 2013, Fuller has appeared in 28 games the past two seasons after spending his rookie year on the practice squad. He caught just four passes last season, but played a key role on special teams, often serving as one of the team’s two gunners on punt coverage.

At some point during the offseason program, Fuller suffered a foot injury that required surgery in June.  He’s currently on the physically unable to perform list and hasn’t even resumed running at this stage of his rehab.

“Just trying to strengthen everything up and (regain) my flexibility,” Fuller said. “That’s all I’m doing now.”

Even if Fuller does manage to get cleared before the regular season, it will probably be too late to push for a job. The already tight competition for receiving spots only got tighter when the Lions added Anquan Boldin just before the start of training camp.

Even though that move could ultimately impact Fuller’s future with the Lions, he admits he loves the addition. A Baltimore native, Fuller appreciated Boldin’s work with the Ravens from 2010-12. The youngster also values another veteran who can impart knowledge.

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“In the locker room, he obviously has a Super Bowl ring,” Fuller said. “He brings that experience, so many years in the league. You can talk to him just about anything and he’s pretty much been there, done it.”

As it currently stands, Golden Tate, Marvin Jones and Anquan Boldin are roster locks. TJ Jones, the team’s sixth-round choice in 2014, also appears trending toward a job. That leaves one or two openings to be decided between Jeremy Kerley, Andre Roberts, Andre Caldwell and undrafted rookies Jay Lee and Quinshad Davis.

If he isn’t medically cleared, Fuller must remain on the PUP list the first six weeks of the regular season. At that time, there would be a five-week window for him to return to practice. Once he returns to practice, the team would have 21 days to either activate him or place him on season-ending injured reserve.

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