The Detroit Lions had a key player on offense come back from an injury and one walk off the field during practice.
Wide receiver Marvin Jones returned to practice a day after injuring his left leg.
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Jones got tangled up with a teammate on Saturday and landed awkwardly. The training staff evaluated his left leg and he was held out of the rest of practice.
Under the rising sun the next day, Jones was in full uniform with his teammates and didn’t appear to be affected by whatever was ailing him.
”I’m out there rolling,” Jones said. ”It’s the first day of pads and I’m going to be out there.”
Jones insisted he wasn’t scared that his injury could’ve been more serious.
Detroit coach Matt Patricia said Jones was evaluated before going back onto the field.
”He’s good,” Patricia said. ”He’s fine, but we’re always a little bit cautious the day after.”
The Lions will be counting on Jones to be one of Matthew Stafford’s top targets again this season. And, they’re hoping Blount can bolster a running game that has been poor in recent years.
Jones had a career-high 1,101 yards receiving last season. He also had 61 receptions and caught nine touchdown passes, falling just short of career highs in both categories.
Over the past three seasons – two in Detroit and one with the Cincinnati Bengals – he has averaged 60 catches and 949 yards receiving.
”Any player in the league, they want to be consistent and kind of stay on top for the length of their careers,” he said.
Detroit signed the 31-year-old Blount in the opening days of free agency after he helped Philadelphia and New England win the past two Super Bowls.
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”It starts up front,” Jones said. ”You want to run and that’s going to open up everything and vice versa.”
NOTES: Patricia said CB Nevin Lawson missed Saturday’s practice for personal reasons. … C Wesley Johnson invited Jay Fullam, one of his former teammates at Vanderbilt, and his Air Force squadron to practice.
Christof Innerhofer was again fastest in training Friday for the last World Cup downhill race before the Olympics.
The Italian, who was also fastest in Thursday’s practice, sped down the 3.3-kilometer (2-mile) Kandahar course in 1 minute, 55.57 seconds to edge Matthias Mayer by 0.63 seconds and Dominik Paris by 0.67.
”I am very satisfied with my trainings the past two days and I have generally been feeling very confident on my skis,” Innerhofer said. ”I used every day to train hard.”
Vincent Kriechmayr was fourth, ahead of Matteo Marsaglia and local favorite Thomas Dressen, who was 0.88 behind Innerhofer.
Dressen ended Germany’s 13-year wait for a men’s downhill win last Saturday in Kitzbuehel, Austria.
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Downhill leader Aksel Lund Svindal was 0.90 off the pace in a tie for seventh with Hannes Reichelt and Norwegian teammate Aleksander Aamodt Kilde.
Svindal, who has two victories this season, has never finished on the podium in seven attempts in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
”Hopefully it will work out this year,” the Norwegian said.
Beat Feuz, who is also challenging for the downhill title, was 24th.
”In the end, it is about who wins the small crystal ball – Svindal or I,” said the Swiss skier, who is only 10 points behind his rival.
Saturday’s downhill will be followed by a giant slalom on Sunday.