The Lions official team website reports that the biggest surprise of the offseason was receiver Ryan Broyles. Broyles participated fully in minicamp despite the fact that he's less than six months removed from ACL surgery. The report says "he wasn't just out there running around. He was making plays across the middle of the field and really looked good." Broyles is still not 100 percent, but "he is poised for a breakout season."
Lions safety Louis Delmas (knee) did not participate in the start of the team's minicamp and will not participate at all according to coach Jim Schwartz. "He has to be able to be patient enough to work through [his injury] and give it enough time to heal," Schwartz said. "And then youve got to take it as that comes, and you cant get ahead of yourself. But Lous working hard. Hell be back on the field for us sometime, but its not going to be this minicamp."
The Detroit News reports Lions receiver Nate Burleson was able to practice during OTAs this week, which was a surprise. "I wasn't supposed to; I was told not to (practice)," said Burleson, who wasn't supposed to be back from leg surgery until July. "But it's like I always told you guys, if I can walk I can run, and if I can run I can play." Burleson took part in all the drills, including 7-on-7s. "It's as healed up as it's going to get," he said. "The good thing about being out there is I am playing at a high level and I am not 100 percent. When it gets stronger and I get endurance back in it, I will be back to playing with extreme confidence."
After a tumultuous couple of seasons in Detroit, the Lions released receiver Titus Young in February, and it's telling that there hasn't been much, if any, interest in the talented, yet troubled receiver. Getting arrested twice in a 15-hour span probably won't help. But that's where Young found himself Sunday, according to the Oakland Press, when he was handcuffed a little after midnight for suspicion of DUI and again at about 2:22 p.m. when Young allegedly was trying to retrieve his black Mustang from a tow company yard. He has been charged with burglary in his second arrest after police say he was trying to take back the car that was impounded after his first arrest.
Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said running back Jahvid Best could spend the 2013 season on the Physically Unable to Perform list if he is still not cleared to practice after suffering multiple concussions in the 2011 season. Best is still holding out hope that he can play football again.
Titans rookie receiver Justin Hunterremained sidelined with what is believed to be a hamstring strain, according to The Tennessean. Hunter has yet to practice with the Titans since getting drafted in April.
Colin McCarthy told The Tennessean he's still not quite healthy following offseason ankle surgery but that symptoms following a concussion have passed. If I had to put a percentage on it, Id say Im probably about 80 percent, McCarthy said Tuesday. I think the biggest issue Im having is just some of the acceleration, some of the cuts, some of the backpedals, just coming in and out of breaks. I dont feel 100 percent."
The Tennessean reports that Titans running back Javon Ringer is recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery to repair an injury he suffered during the 2012 season. Ringer is expected to be fully healthy within a month, however. Ringer suffered a sprained MCL during the teams October 7 game against the Vikings, and the initial plan didnt call for surgery. He rehabbed the injury during the season, but was eventually placed on Injured Reserve after playing in just two games. Ringer, a fifth round pick by the team in 2009, is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next month. Titans general manager Ruston Webster said the team would like to find a back to complement Chris Johnson more in 2013. Asked if the door is closed on Ringers return, he said: Not necessarily. But just like anybody else who has been injured, you have to take precaution there and you cant rely on guys who have missed time.
Rams coach Jeff Fisher was told Thursday that tight end Jared Cook felt he was underutilized in Tennessee. Fisher hopes that's not the case in St. Louis. What were getting from Jared out here is what we expected," Fisher said. "The balls going around, were matching him up, were creating mismatches, hes making plays. Whether he was or not, we feel like he can add a dimension to our offense that we dont have. Quarterback Sam Bradford is also impressed with Cook. Hes good. I dont know if you guys have noticed that, hes good," Bradford said. "Cook, hes been great so far. Just the added dimension. Hes a big body running down the middle of the field. Its going to be hard for people to match up with him. ... Its just going to give us the ability to open the playbook and kind of stretch the middle of the field and put stress on the defense in there.
Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker appears healthy heading into training camp. The Tennessean reports Locker hasn't missed a practice after recovering ahead of schedule from surgery on his non-throwing shoulder in January.