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The injury bug has hit and on one of the players it seems to always strike -- tight end David Sloan. Sloan had a cast on his hand yesterday and following an x-ray, results displayed a broken hand.
"I wasn't surprised by it, it is just another obstacle that I have to overcome," said Sloan. "You can't pick the cards that your dealt."
Sloan will be out of contact drills for 3 to 4 weeks but he doesn't think that he will be that far behind, and hopes to be back sometime at the end of training camp.
"I got a lot of good work this year in mini-camp and they put a lot of the offense in then, so it's not like I'm going to be that far behind," said Sloan. "I'm hoping to catch the last part of training camp and get in some of the reps that I need."
This is an injury that surgery could assist, but that's not an option Sloan is going to select. He just plans on letting it heal and to play with the pain.
"Surgery could be an option but that's not the option I'm going to take," said Sloan.
With Sloan's injury, free-agent acquisition Pete Mitchell -- formerly of the New York Giants -- becomes the starter at tight end. Mitchell does not have the size or the strength to be the blocker that Sloan is, however.
New and Notes from SVSU:
WR Germane Crowell didn't not practice in the morning and had ice on his knee, although the injury is nothing major according to head coach Marty Mornhinweg. Crowell is expected to resume practice and could be working out this afternoon. The Lions will ice Crowell's knee and keep on eye on it to see if anything develops.
WR Larry Foster came up gimpy after taking a fall, but resumed practice. OT Aaron Gibson had a hip pointer but continued to work and play well. RB Amp Lee had a wrap on his hamstring but continued to play and had some nice runs and catches out of the back field.
Each of the running backs that are fighting for the back-up spot had a few good runs, but second-year pro Reuben Droughns is dropping too many passes out of the backfield -- a necessity in the West Coast offense. Droughns needs to improve on that, because he is a very talented runner.
Rookie free-agent Anthony Herron, a defense linemen out of Iowa, has looked good at both defensive tackle and defensive end.