(ALLEN PARK) -- Lamar Campbell and Corey Harris were not able to practice and Terrence
While it isn't as simple as that when the coaches make personnel decisions, Detroit has made it clear by their actions so far this offseason that they are not going to be held hostage by players recuperating from injury.
Detroit has already released two players who were injured and had a chance to make the team. Coach Steve Mariucci "needs some guys who can play" and Campbell played in just nine of sixteen games and was able to start only two last year due to lingering hamstring injuries. Harris, 33, is heading into his 13th NFL season, way past the normal expiration date of defensive players in the league.
Meanwhile, fifth round draft pick Terrence Holt is taking advantage of the opportunity and gathering some much needed reps in the Lions defensive scheme. Expect Holt to get a shot at making the team and getting onto the field in the Lions nickel and dime defensive packages.
Detroit will likely return veterans Corey Harris (if healthy) and Brian Walker as the
starters at strong and free safety respectively. With Harris on the Physically Unable to
Perform (PUP) list and Campbell limited in his playing time, Holt has done well with his
Walker is able to play both positions, so a temporary move over has allowed Holt to see the field. Holt excels as a ball hawking safety able to read pass coverage while not being as strong against the run.
Meanwhile, this season is likely to be a pivotal one for Campbell.
Detroit has waited for production from the fifth year veteran for a long time. It was thought that Campbell would be a starter by this time, but so far he hasn't stepped up to assume that role. Unless things change drastically by the end of training camp, Campbell could find himself on the outside looking in.