Slay logged one tackle in in his preseason debut Thursday against the Bengals.
Slay was considered questionable for the game with what head coach Jim Caldwell described as a "medical situation", but appeared fit and able Thursday, albeit in limited action. He'll enter the 2016 season as the Lions' top cornerback coming off a 2015 campaign that saw him finish as ProFootballFocus.com's second-highest graded corner and 44th-highest graded player overall.
Head coach Jim Caldwell indicated Wednesday that
Caldwell failed to elaborate any further on the situation, so it's unclear how serious of an issue it may be. Slay started 16 games and recorded two interceptions in both of the past two seasons.
Slay's new deal with the Lions also includes $23 million fully guaranteed at signing, as he remains the team's top cornerback. The 25-year-old amassed 59 tackles, 13 passes defensed, and two interceptions in 16 games during the 2015 season, his third year in the league.
Darius Slay (hip) is active for Sunday's game against the Bears.
Slay was able to compete fully in Friday's practice, so he shouldn't be held to a limited snap count while working as the Detroit Lions ' top cornerback Sunday. Through five games, Slay has collected 21 tackles and an interception.
Although he gifted Slay a pick-six in Week 1, Chargers QB Philip Rivers mostly targeted Detroit's other defensive backs, which will likely be the blueprint for opposing signal-callers this season. However, Slay could get some extra opportunities for tackles and interceptions if he shadows his opponent's top receiver -- something the Lions might consider after Keenan Allen repeatedly beat 35-year-old Rashean Mathis last week.
|1||9/11/16||@ IND||4:25 pm|
|3||9/25/16||@ GB||1:00 pm|
|4||10/2/16||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|8||10/30/16||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|9||11/6/16||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|13||12/4/16||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|15||12/18/16||@ NYG||1:00 pm|
|16||12/26/16||@ DAL||8:30 pm|
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