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    Posted: 12 Aug 2017 at 07:49
The Detroit Lions got exactly what they needed from a long weekend in Indianapolis.

Two practices against another team provided a fresh perspective on the progression they've made in training camp - and a valuable preview of what to expect in Sunday's preseason opener against the Colts.

''It was excellent. I can't tell you how valuable these sessions have been for us,Authentic Jerome Bettis Womens Jersey,'' coach Jim Caldwell said after the second joint practice in two days.

''Where you don't get a chance to work against anyone else other than yourself from the spring and most of the summer and then you get an opportunity to see different schematics on all sides of the ball.''

Greg Robinson,The Lions should get good reviews from the film room - even with right guard T.J. Lang and left tackle Taylor Decker sitting out Friday. Decker's backup, also didn't practice.

Still,Authentic Antonio Brown Jersey, the offense looked solid and the defense took advantage of a Colts' offense that has been severely depleted by injuries.

center Ryan Kelly is now expected to miss multiple weeks after injuring his foot Thursday,Andrew Luck continues to work his way back from the physically unable to perform list, starting guards Joe Haeg and Jack Mewhort both sat out Friday and receiver Phillip Dorsett missed another workout with an injured hamstring.

That left the Colts in a deep hole, one they're unlikely to overcome before Sunday's game.

with undrafted rookie Deyshawn Bond starting in place of Kelly,The good news is that if Indy does have to use a patchwork line, their franchise quarterback won't be taking the hits.

Instead, who has been on the practice squad the past two years, Stephen Morris and Phillip Walker. Morris,Authentic Trey Burton Jersey, the snaps will be divvied up between Scott Tolzien, and Walker have never thrown an NFL pass. Tolzien is 0-2-1 in three career starts,Authentic Terry Bradshaw Jersey, and all three entered the league as undrafted rookies.

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evaluating his own performance through the first two weeks of training camp. ''Shoot,'' Tolzien said, you could say that pretty much every day. It's like anything in football,Womens Jack Lambert Jersey,''It's been hot and cold, you just watch the film and try to minimize the mistakes.''

It took only two practices for the Lions to expose some of Indy's more glaring flaws.

Tolzien,Womens Antonio Brown Jersey,Aside from the injury-riddled offensive line, Morris and Walker struggled with accuracy and Detroit's experienced secondary took advantage.

The Lions had two minor scares during the workouts.

Right tackle Rick Wagner left Thursday's practice with an undisclosed injury, but returned to action Friday.

meanwhile,Matthew Stafford and running back Ameer Abdullah, banged knees during a morning drill. Both continued to practice and finished the workout.

''I was on the other field so I didn't see it but I heard about it,'' Caldwell said. ''I didn't hear any 'oohs' and 'ahhs' from the crowd so I didn't worry too much about it.''

Neither workout was open to the public.

But now that the rookies understand how challenging NFL life can be outside the team complex, coaches and teammates will look for the payoff Sunday.

sometimes you'd start to learn plays, knowing what to do and then you went to test your skills against another opponent and it wasn't the same,Womens Trey Burton Jersey,''I remember when I was a young guy,Womens Terry Bradshaw Jersey,Authentic Jack Lambert Jersey,'' Lions safety Glover Quin said.

''You have to take it from the practice field to the game and you don't have a lot of time to get coaching on the field. You just have to move on.''

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