Lions' Taylor Decker back at practice, 'coming along' from back injury

By Matt Schoch
The Detroit News
Taylor Decker

Allen Park — Lions left tackle Taylor Decker, who missed Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers with a back injury, was listed as a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice.

“It’s coming along day by day,” Decker said. “Anybody that’s had a back (injury), they can be finicky. Just working every single day with the athletic training staff, coaching staff to try to take steps to improve.”

Decker struggled in the season opener, allowing multiple sacks for the first time since early his rookie season in the tie at Arizona. He also committed a career-high four penalties, but refused Wednesday to blame his back for his bad play.

“When you’re out on the field, you’re expected to perform,” he said. “That’s all I’ll say about that.”

Linebacker Jarrad Davis (ankle) and defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand (elbow), who have not played yet this season, were also limited. Safety C.J. Moore (heel), an undrafted rookie safety who leads the team with 53 special teams snaps but has not played otherwise, was listed for the first time this season.

Cornerback Rashaan Melvin, listed on the injury report for most of the first two weeks before playing both games, was not listed on Wednesday.

Matt Schoch is a freelance writer.