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Broyles gets chewed out in first practice

--Rookie Ryan Broyles, fresh off the non-football injury list, lined up for his first rep in the 7-on-7 drills Sunday. In his excitement, he was slow to get his chin strap buckled. Bad move.

In front of a large gathering of season ticket holders and media, Broyles got an R-rated earful from coach Jim Schwartz about being snap-ready when you get to the line of scrimmage. It earned a round of applause from the fans.

"That's part of football," said Broyles, the Lions' second-round pick. "You love that when a coach gets on you. It means he cares. That's a good thing."

As it turns out, a rookie getting chewed on by coaches in his first day of practice is a rite of passage for just about every player - No. 1 and No. 2 overall picks sometimes are spared.

"That was expected," said 10-year veteran Nate Burleson. "If he would've come out here and had a perfect day, he still would have gotten yelled at. You've got to go through that as a rookie. He's not going to just slide right in without having the fire put to him a little bit."

--Defensive end Cliff Avril is not expected to be in camp for at least a couple of weeks. He has not signed his $10.6 million franchise tender. "We have no expectations there," Schwartz said, when asked if and when he expected Avril to join camp. "We have 89 other guys and we're going to coach those guys and not worry about when Cliff is going to be here. Cliff is a good player for us and he made a lot of impact plays for us last season. That shows in the reason why we franchised him. Unfortunately we weren't able to work out a long-term deal, but he's still our franchise player. When he's here we will get him up to speed and while he's not here we won't spend a lot of time talking about it." Schwartz added, "We're not going to have a 'What are we going to do without Cliff Avril period,'" during practice.

--Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is the focus of a civil suit in Portland, Ore., stemming from a single-car accident last December. He is being sued for more than $1 million by Saadia Van Winkle, one of two passengers in the car Suh was driving when he swiped a lamp post, a fountain and hit a tree. She is claiming she suffered emotional distress, as well as a laceration and back and neck injuries. Suh's attorney, Mike Lehner, said in a written statement that Van Winkle should be entitled to fair compensation for her injuries, but that Suh disputes many of the allegations in the lawsuit. As you might expect, Suh pleaded the fifth. "Because of it being in litigation, I cannot speak on it," he said.

--Rookie receiver Patrick Edwards had coach Jim Schwartz shaking his head on Saturday. Twice during seven-on-seven drills, Edwards breezed past rookie cornerback Bill Bentley on straight-line routes, creating about five yards of separation each time, to haul in long passes. Yet, also twice, he had balls knocked out of his hands after he made the catch. "He makes plays but he puts the ball on the ground a bit too much," Schwartz said. "He needs to clean up some errors, as do all of our rookies. Rookies show their talent and they also show why they are rookies. He's no different." Said Edwards, "I need to relax and finish. Just slow it down. I am out here kind of anxious because I know what I've got to do; I've got to make plays and I need to finish and protect the ball.

"Is being good good enough? No. Not at all. I would hope to be great. I plan to be like guys I've seen play like Warren Sapp and Mean Joe Greene, guys that you knew for a reason, guys with memorable names from what they did on the field and what they stood for." -- Ndamukong Suh on his expectations for this season.

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