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Lions OT LaAdrian Waddle targeting return for season opener
by Marty Gitlin |

Lions offensive tackle LaAdrian Waddle has progressed so rapidly in his rehab from a torn ACL that he is speaking optimistically about returning in time for the regular season opener.

That would mark only a nine-month absence since he sustained the injury in Week 15.

"Knee's feeling good - feeling real good, actually," Waddle told "I think I'm a little ahead of schedule. ... We haven't had any kind of setbacks."

Waddle started nine games in 2014 before being sidelined.

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Lions OT LaAdrian Waddle's recovery is ahead of schedule
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer

Lions offensive tackle LaAdrian Waddle is way ahead of schedule in his recovery from a torn ACL, per

Waddle tore the ACL in a Week 15 game against the Vikings last season, and has been rehabbing the knee for about nine months. Recovering from an ACL tear usually takes around nine months.

"Knee's feeling good -- feeling real good, actually," Waddle said. "I think I'm a little ahead of schedule. It's been going really well, we haven't had any kind of setbacks. Each day I feel like I'm getting a little better. Hopefully I'll be back sooner than later."

Waddle's recovery might put him on the field for the Lions' Week 1 game this season.

"I think there's a chance," he said. "It just kind of depends on how the rest of the rehab goes. Just going in, working hard every day and trying to get better."

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Lions' LaAdrian Waddle begins running again
by Shawn Krest |

Lions right tackle LaAdrian Waddle has begun running, as he continues to recover from January knee surgery. 

Waddle has felt ready to begin running for some time, but he is sticking with the prescribed schedule. 

"It’s hard to hold back," Waddle said, per "I’m not going to lie. I’m doing everything I’m supposed to do. There’s no point in pushing it and doing something stupid and make everything you did worth nothing. I’m pushing it as much as I can push it."

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Lions' Riley Reiff open to playing right tackle
by Shawn Krest |

Lions coach Jim Caldwell said that Riley Reiff might start at right tackle next season. 

Reiff has started 32 games at left tackle over the last two seasons. The Lions aren't sure that last year's right tackle LaAdrian Waddle will be fully recovered from knee surgery, and backup tackle Cornelius Lucas is better on the left side. 

Reiff told the Daily Republic he doesn't care where he plays. 

 "I like playing, and wherever they want to put me, that's fine. I'll play," he said.

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Lions RT LaAdrian Waddle (ACL) set for surgery on Friday
by Igor Mello |

Lions right tackle LaAdrian Waddle will undergo surgery on Friday to repair his partially torn right ACL, per the Detroit Free Press. Waddle suffered the injury in Week 15 and was placed on injured reserve on Dec. 17. Waddle will rehab in the offseason in hopes of being fully recovered by the start of the 2015 season.

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2013Detroit Lions128
2014Detroit Lions1010
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