Lions practicing near full strength heading into 1st game

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News

Allen Park — If nothing else, the Detroit Lions are entering the first week of the regular season close to full strength. Their opponent, the Indianapolis Colts, can’t say the same. 

Among the players not on the physically unable to perform list or injured reserve, only linebacker Jon Bostic wasn’t practicing for the Lions on Monday. That means tight end Eric Ebron, offensive lineman Graham Glasgow and offensive tackle Corey Robinson were all suited up for the portion of practice open to the media.

Bostic is continuing to recover from an August foot injury and was spotted in the locker room in a boot and using crutches. With linebacker Josh Bynes recently placed on injured reserve with a knee injury, the team claimed Thurston Armbrister off waivers from Jacksonville on Sunday to add some depth.

“He’s a guy that’s got size, got speed, he’s got special teams value,” coach Jim Caldwell said. “He’ll help us.”

While the Lions are getting healthy at an important time, the Colts are reeling. Indianapolis’ secondary has been decimated by injuries and starting offensive guard Jack Mehort suffered a knee injury in the exhibition finale.

Both teams are required to release their first injury reports of the season Wednesday afternoon.

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