ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have started practicing, although they were forced indoors on a wet Friday morning.
First-round draft pick Nick Fairley was on the field after signing with the team Thursday night. Quarterback Matthew Stafford was also back after missing most of last season with shoulder problems.
The biggest surprise may have been the sight of cornerback Alphonso Smith wearing a protective boot. Coach Jim Schwartz said Smith broke his left foot about three weeks ago and will start on the physically-unable-to-perform list.
Offensive tackle Jeff Backus is also unable to do much at practice because of a pectoral injury.
Kicker Jason Hanson, whose 2010 season was ended by a right knee injury, looked comfortable kicking field goals Friday.